Gulu slum dwellers take on good hygiene practices to avert diseases

Apr 04, 2024

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Christopher Nyeko
Journalist @New Vision

Many slum dwellers in Gulu City have taken proactive initiatives of ensuring good hygiene and sanitation of their homesteads as rain returns.

This is to avert any possibility of outbreak of diseases caused by poor hygiene and sanitation like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and cholera, among others.

Our reporter visited the Industrial Area in Bardege –Layibi Division as well as Limo and Holy Rosary Cells in Laroo –Pece Division to assess the level of cleanness as the rainy season starts

At Holy Rosary Cell, most homesteads have water subways to allow easy running of water whenever it rains heavily, hence, preventing water stagnation which is ideal for mosquito breeding.

Also, most makeshift bathing shelters have been replaced with semi–permanent –cemented structures.

Aloyo Immaculate, a resident of the area revealed that they took up the initiatives after being sensitised by the local leaders, Village Health Teams (VHTs) and the health inspectors.

Another resident Eveline Akello told Radio Rupiny that they have formed a group to raise funds to buy cement and other materials for renovating their bathing shelters as well as urinals.

Meanwhile, Joyce Oryem, the Chairperson of the Holy Rosary Cell hailed her electorate for heeding their local leaders’ directives.

Michael Rubanga, the Gulu City Health Inspector said his office will continue sensitising the city dwellers to ensure there is good hygiene and sanitation for a healthy living.


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