By Carol Natukunda
THE Vice-President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, on monday launched a solar project, urging the rural poor to shift from using the tadooba (tinned paraffin lamps) for lighting.
At least sh700,000 would be required to install three-bulb solar equipment in an average two-bedroomed low cost house.
The amount would then be refunded in installments.
Launching the project in his Busiro North constituency, Wakiso district, Bukenya used a tadooba to demonstrate how dangerous it could be to an individualâ€™s health.
â€œYou can see the soot from it, which these people are always inhaling. It contains carbonmonoxide, which when inhaled, goes down to the haemoglobin (a blood component) and destroys it. The soot also contains hydrocarbon, which goes into the lungs and condenses there.
â€œWhen you do a post mortem, for someone using tadooba, you find the lungs black and dripping like oil when squeezed. Normal lungs should be pink, with a colourless liquid,â€ Bukenya explained.
Bukenya, accompanied by the founder of Solar Light for Africa, Alden Hathaway, inspected Bruno Nzalubalaâ€™s low-cost house in Kakiri, where solar had been installed.