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Kitgum Arresting People without Latrines :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kitgum Arresting People without Latrines

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Kitgum district has started arresting people without latrines to contain the spread of Hepatitis E.
George Odekere the police officer in charge of operations says twenty nine people from Mucwini, Padibe East and Padibe West sub counties were arrested yesterday.
The arrest stems from 51 new cases of Hepatitis E infection and one death recorded in the district over the past two weeks. Hepatitis E is a waterborne disease transmitted through feces.
It occurs in areas where low standards of sanitation promote the transmission of the virus.
Alfred Omony Ogaba, the RDC who is also the chairperson of the Hepatitis E task force says that residents were given ample time in vain to put up pit latrines.
Ogaba says the operation is concentrated in areas that are still registering many cases of hepatitis E. Ogaba says the culprits will be subjected to community service in their sub counties.
He says that it is a shame that the district keeps battling with hygiene related diseases simply because people don't have latrines.
Ogaba says that the operation will continue till the virus is wiped out of the district.
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The latrine coverage in Kitgum district currently stands at only 33%.

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