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Waterborne Diseases Threaten Flood-Hit Areas of Bulambuli

Hundreds of households in more than five sub-counties remain submerged in filthy, stagnant water. Pit latrines have been destroyed, emitting faecal matter to the surface, while some of the runoff has already contaminated water sources.
22 Oct 2019 17:02
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Communities in Bulambuli district face a likely outbreak of diarrheal and waterborne diseases in the wake of floods that hit the area about a month ago. 

Hundreds of households in more than five sub-counties remain submerged in filthy, stagnant water. Pit latrines have been destroyed, emitting faecal matter to the surface, while some of the runoff has already contaminated water sources. 

In some of the sub-counties, families have fled their homes and taken shelter in nearby schools, churches, and trading centres as what used to be their homesteads, remain inaccessible, abandoned and filthy. The most affected are the areas of Muyembe, Nabong, Bukhalu and Bulambuli town council. 

According to the district chairperson Siraji Wamayi, the rains that have lasted at least one month have made the malleable and disrupted the livelihood of the population. 

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James Mwanikha, the LCI chairperson of Butta village in Nabongo Sub County expressed worry about the health of the people whom he says are now sharing dirty water with animals. Similarly, Bulaako Parish Councilor in Bulambuli town council Geoffrey Wambulu says that the floods have left people desperate without homes and no latrines.  

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Patrick Washeba, a resident of Bukhalu Sub County says almost all latrines were brought down by the floods, while Ronald Nando, a resident of Bumasali Village in Bulambuli town council fears that the exposure spells a serious public health disaster for residents.

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Bulambuli District Environment Officer Innocent Wanadawa told URN that the district disaster committee has resolved that the affected people be relocated to Bunambutye resettlement area because their area is currently not safe for habitation.

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Miria Nambuya, a mother of eight welcomes the move saying that her family is currently living under difficult conditions, moving in and out of the hospital every day, with no place to stay, no food to eat and no clothes to wear.    

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But Bulambuli District Health Officer Mohamed Mungoma says that the district through the help of the Village Health Teams-VHT distributed water guard tablets to over 100 affected homes for treating their drinking water but they were not enough due to the overwhelming number of the affected people.   

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