Reports that there is cholera outbreak in Uganda’s capital City Kampala is both challenging and annoying. In his book Sowing the Mustard seed, Museveni said that…”a country is called backward when it’s leaders can’t put up measures to control the effects of natural hazards on its people”.
For years now it has become a tradition that heavy rains are followed by Cholera outbreak in the Capital City and neighbouring districts.This morning I read about cholera and discovered that people no longer get cholera in UK and other developed nations.Britain for example says that it’s residents are at risk only when travelling to some places abroad and that in rare cases, people can come back from holiday with the infection. London last experienced a cholera outbreak in the 19th Century. It’s so annoying that we are in the 21Century and African Cities are hit by Chores outbreaks annually.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. … The disease is most common in places with poor sanitation.
The fact of the matter is that months-long drought which preceded the rainy season saw water sources run dry. As a result, people have been collecting water from unprotected wells. When the rainy season started, floodwaters emptied shallow pit latrines into the streets and wells, contaminating water sources and leaving standing pools of dirty, stagnant water in the crowded streets of Kampala and her suburbs.
The lack of service delivery to residents is manifested by epidemic outbreaks like the dreaded cholera which is associated with filth.
It is a scandal especially for the Central Government and KCCA administration that must co-ordinate to ensure that hygiene and proper sanitation is maintained in the city.
This brings back the question of priorities of government. Shouldn’t it have made more economic sense to procure garbage trucks,waterborn toilets for slummy areas, well built drainage channels than teargas and mamba trucks that are positioned at all actions in the City?
Somebody should surely take responsibility for the cholera outbreak. That is what politics of morality entails. Individuals taking responsibility for their omission and incompetence in their duties.Instead what you see are civil servants on TV screens talking with impunity on how they are managing patients. Most probably the same men and women wait to steal funds earmarked for these fire brigading activities.