By Paul Anguyo
There was a huge number of people who converged at Oluvu Primary school playground in Oluvu Sub County in Maracha district on Friday this week to mark the climax of the National Sanitation week which was observed under the theme “good sanitation, my responsibility”.
Lomongin Joseph the chief administrative officer Maracha district says the district was chosen to host the event because of its relatively good performance in sanitation.
Juliana Kyamuhangi a commissioner in the ministry of health commended the people of Maracha for the achievement they had made as a district. The district hit 91% in the latrine coverage. Kyamuhangi says such a percentage is not easily achievable. She challenged the district saying by the end of this year, they would like to declare Maracha open defecation free.
According to Hon Atiku Amos the LC3 chairman of Oluvu Sub County the choice of his sub county to host this years’ sanitation week greatly improved sanitation in the area and even the entire district.
Meanwhile Hon Adiga Lawrence Ozubia the district chairman challenged the population of the district to use the opportunity of hosting the national event to improve their own household sanitation statuses.
The resident district commissioner of Maracha Esther Cherop tasked the families that still do not have latrines to work towards having one. She also says other families just have makeshift latrines made of mosquito nets. Cherop cautioned people against misusing mosquito nets.
The area Member of Parliament Hon Oguzu Lee Denis who was also in attendance says in previous surveys, Maracha has been lagging behind in the area of sanitation. He however says that through the commitment of various leaders and the ordinary people in the district, the negative trend has since changed.
Hon Onzima Alex state minister in the office of the vice president during the event also added his voice to the call to have Maracha district declared open defecation free. He also asked the population to practice hand washing after the use of latrines. Onzima challenged family members to be responsible and perform their tasks and asked them to work together in order to attain development.
Hon Dr. Moriku Joyce Kaducu the state minister in charge of primary health care who was the chief guest cautioned the people to desist from bad habits like disposing dirty bottles anywhere in our environment. She asked all individuals and individuals to stay as clean as possible.
During the event, the best performing schools were awarded. End