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By Vision Reporter

Added 20th March 2005 03:00 AM

City sanitation in sorry state
Kampala City chief health inspector
Dr Muhammed Kirumiira recently said about 2.7% of the city residents dispose their waste in gardens and bushes.

City sanitation in sorry state
Kampala City chief health inspector
Dr Muhammed Kirumiira recently said about 2.7% of the city residents dispose their waste in gardens and bushes.

City sanitation in sorry state
Kampala City chief health inspector
Dr Muhammed Kirumiira recently said about 2.7% of the city residents dispose their waste in gardens and bushes. And when it eventually rains, all the waste is washed away into water bodies, which causes health risk to residents.
Kirumiira told councillors from Moshi Town, Council, Tanzania, who were meeting city Mayor Ssebaana Kizito at city chambers, that most of the city spring water are contaminated because of poor waste disposal.

Forests brings income
Forests contribute $190m (sh332.3b) as total income to the country, a new joint study by Wildlife Conservation Society and National Forest Authority have established. The study quantified the total economic value of all marketable and non-marketable Uganda forests as approximately sh593.24b, an equivalent of 5.2% of GDP. Current forest cover is approximately 4.9m hectares, which is 24% of Uganda’s land area. The study titled “The value of Uganda forests; a livelihood and ecosystem approach’, was launched in 2004.

Mukono faces desertification
Mukono LC5 secretary for natural resources Resty Lumama has warned of a possible desertification in the district. She said there was rampant clearing of forests and encroachment on wetlands for settlement and farming saying this was affecting the water cycle. “We are losing a lot of forests and wetlands to people clearing them for settlement and farming and this will result in desertification because the water cycle will be affected,” Lumama said.

Poor sanitation in Nakasongola
Fishing villages along Lake Kyoga shores bordering Nakasongola district have very poor sanitation. According to the district environment officer, Jamesbond Kunobere, there are programmes to create public awareness aimed at improving sanition in the villages. He added that villages, including Kibuye, Kikoyiro, Zengebe, Kikalaganya, Kansira, Kikoge, Moone and Lwampanga are are most affected. Kunobere also said in order to improve the health conditions, plans are underway to construct ecosans, which are suitable for lakeshore environments.

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