Katovu Health Centre Fails to Build Latrine for 500 Patients

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Katovu Health Centre III, Malongo Sub County, Lwengo District, is operating without a toilet facility putting lives of patients and health workers in the facility at risk of cholera and other diseases.

Katovu Health Centre III, Malongo Sub County, Lwengo District, is operating without a toilet facility putting lives of patients and health workers in the facility at risk of cholera and other diseases.
 
The facility attracts a population of over 500 out-patients on a daily basis from places like Katovo, Malongo, Jaguzi, Kalaga and Kigeyi among other villages more especially expectant mothers.
 
During a heated meeting held at Sub County headquarters and presided over by the Malongo Sub County Chairman Kuraish Ssekarema, residents revealed that it is almost a month since the facility's last functioning latrine caved in. 
 
Suleiman Matovu a resident of Katovu accuses the authorities of not doing enough to address the issue inspite of many complaints about the lack of latrines at the health centre.
 
Matovu says the situation has become so bad that desperate patients and visitors to the centre have to beg people in the neighbourhood to give them access to their residential toilets. He says others resort to using polythene bags or ease themselves in nearby bushes.
 
Matovu says that the patients and medics are afraid of contracting cholera and other diseases related to poor hygiene due to poor human waste management at the facility.
 
Josephine Nakyeyune, a resident of Kalaga, says that even before the latrine caved in, many patients had stopped using it because of its filthy state for fear of contracting contagious diseases such as Candida.
 
She says few patients have money trek long distance to public toilets which are cleaner those of the health centre.
 
 A medical worker, who refused to give her names because she is not authorized to speak to media, says that they have already petitioned the sub county authorities to construct another toilet for the facility but they have not received a response yet.
 
However, Ssekarema asked locals to stay calm saying that the problem will soon be rectified. He reminded them that the division is financially incapacitated but promised to petition the district authorities about the poor state of human waste disposal at the government health facility.