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L. Kijjanebarola Disappearance: Increasing Typhoid Cases Worry Residents, Leaders

Resty Namaganda, a health worker at the landing site attributes it to a lack of clean and safe water sources and the absence of pit latrines in most homes.
Some of the children at Kalunga landing site who are suffered from typhoid and some on treatment

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There is a reported increase of typhoid cases in the communities around Kalunga landing site in Rakai district. This stems from the absence of safe and clean water sources following the disappearance of Lake Kijjanebarola in May last year.  

 

The most affected are Nkundi, Kalunga, Lugenda, Lwambajjo, Namunengo, Kigavu,

Kisovu, Lusambya, Kawenda, Kizinga and Mayenga villages among others. Currently, residents depend on water from ponds, which has triggered water-borne diseases.

    As a result, typhoid cases have gone up with the landing site health center recording more than 40 cases involving, mostly children and the elderly from different villages. Resty Namaganda, a health worker at the landing site attributes it to a lack of clean and safe water sources and the absence of pit latrines in most homes. 

She says that they also share the ponds with animals yet they do not boil the water before taking it.

 

//Cue in: “Mubutuufu typhoid…..

 

Cue out:……………ebikyafu kale,”//

 

She explains that these cases have not reached the health centre IIs, IIIs, IVs and Rakai hospital due to the long distance. She appealed to the residents to boil the water in every state it may be to avoid catching waterborne diseases.

 

//Cue in: “Mubutuufu typhoid…..

 

Cue out:……………ebikyafu kale”//

 

Wilber Kasiisi, the LC I Chairperson of Nkundi village, says that they have registered more than ten cases of typhoid since that lake disappeared. URN has learnt that several cases have been treated without reaching major health centres where they would have been recorded.

He says that it is the district and government's responsibility to avail clean water sources such as taps, boreholes and dams for the affected communities.  According to Samuel Kaggwa Ssekamwa, the Rakai District LC5 Chairman, they are aware of the problem at the landing site and the surrounding communities, which lost the lake.

He explains that they had initially told the affected residents and pastoralists to relocate to other villages where they can access clean water for domestic use and livestock consumption. He adds that the district is currently facing a challenge

of meagre funds to construct dams and sink boreholes in the affected communities.

//Cue in: “Abantu batukibwaako……….

 

Cue out:……………wezinyweera amazzi”//

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