Uganda loses over sh389b annually in treatment of diseases that emanate from simple failure to maintain proper hygiene and poor sanitation according to the last published United Nations report on Uganda Water and Sanitation.
Diseases associated with cholera, typhoid, infectious hepatitis, polio, cryptosporidiosis, and ascariasis.
In their contribution to reducing the unfortunate trend, Kwality Afro Asia Limited, a local company is taking on the challenge by producing a multipurpose antiseptic and disinfectant solution that will help the community maintain better hygiene.
Akshay Agarwal, the company's managing director, says the new solution has been dubbed as germ shield with a double purpose of protecting against germs and help reduce illness by providing a clean and hygienic surroundings.
"Most of the diseases we get are from the surroundings and most soap does not have the required power to fight off germs. That is the only reason why we are adding antiseptics to the soap so that they can be able to do more work," said Agarwal.
The detergent was launched on Thursday night by billionaire, Sudhir Ruperalia at the Great Indian Dhaba Restaurant in Kololo.
"I can say that it is a multipurpose soap that can be used to wash hands, utensils, mop houses and also wash and keep wounds safe. We believe that it will help reduce the impact of germs by a good percentage, which will boost the income and lower expenditures on avoidable diseases," said Agarwal.