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Uncontrolled Dumping Threatens Public Health in Arua City

Currently, abandoned landfills are a common sight along Duka road, Ojio road, Adumi road, and Lemerijoa road among others in Central Division. Also, areas around Arua Main market and Ediofe junction road have continued to harbor huge filthy heaps of poorly disposed of garbage.
Poor garbage disposal on Duka road in Arua Central Division.

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Poor garbage disposal is posing a health threat to residents in Arua City. Households are using the cover of darkness to dump filth on the streets and into the drainage channels.

Currently, abandoned landfills are a common sight along Duka road, Ojio road, Adumi road, Lemerijoa road among others in Central Division. Also, areas around Arua Main market, and Ediofe junction road has continued to harbor huge filthy heaps of poorly disposed of garbage.

Many of the roadside litter bins that were installed under the World Bank-funded Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) project have been abandoned, while others have been turned into dumping sites and others are overflowing with heaps of uncollected garbage.

Sandra Mariam, a mobile money operator in Arua city says that garbage management has continued to compromise public health and requires the new leaders to intervene. 

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Gertrude Abiria, a resident of Arua says that she was diagnosed with cough following the short-term exposure to garbage emissions from the garbage.

According to Gard Ejiku, a trader in Arua along Duka road the uncollected garbage often scares away his customers from buying items.

Jackson Dratibi, the Central Division Deputy Mayor told URN admits that the management of garbage has become challenging. He explains that the garbage is normally dumped at night by residents. 

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Rasul Osuga the councilor representing Awindiri ward to the central division council has blamed the challenge on a lack of funds and the inadequate number of garbage skips.

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Godfrey Apangu, Arua City Principal health officer says they have embarked on drafting a bylaw as one of the measures to address garbage management gaps in the city.

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Recently, Arua City Council Health Department released a report indicating that only 10 percent of the more than 120 tons of solid waste produced daily is collected and properly disposed of.