ADJUMANI. After missing on the earlier deadlines of June 30 and September 30, 2019, the office of Adjumani district chairman together with the department of health has now embarked on a door to door campaign to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status by October 30, 2019.

The leaders are currently traversing all the sub-counties to meet the local council ones, local council twos and village health team (VHT) members who will intern move to all households to sensitize people on the need to achieve ODF status.

Mr James Leku, the Adjumani district chairman rounded up all the sub-counties with a key massage on achieving ODF status by 30th of this month.
Leku appealed to the VHTs, LCIs, and LCIIs to work hard to achieve the set target so that the district will be declared ODF and will be able to host the world toilet day on November 19, 2019.

“We have attached some conditions as council for households to benefit from government programs, if you don’t have latrines, you don’t send children to school and don’t plant trees, you will not benefit from the forthcoming restocking program,” Leku emphasized.

 James Leku 08 10 19Adjumani district chairman Mr James Leku speaks to journalists after a recent operation. PHOTOS BY MARKO TAIBOT.

The district was expected to have achieved ODF status last month, but the reports from the health department released recently only indicated that the district had only achieved 10 per cent ODF status.

In the report, Itirikwa sub-county was the second last in latrine coverage.

Perplexed by the report, Mr Jesus Iranya, the Itirikwa sub-county chairperson noted that there is a need for leaders to be exemplary.

He appealed to all local leaders to ensure that they have latrines at their homes.

But he attributed the poor coverage to the polygamous marriages where some men cannot afford to construct latrines to all their wives.

Majorities of the sub-counties have set October 20, 2019, to be the deadline to ensure every household constructs a latrine.

Mr Ben Bayi, the local council one chairperson for Ejunya village, Itirikwa sub-county expressed fear that the issue of sanitation, if not taken seriously, may escalate especially during the rainy season.

Mr Grace Alu, a VHT member expressed disappointment over the negative attitude of some locals who have deliberately refused to sink latrines and always escape from them when they go for inspections.

Mr Godfrey Manga, the assistant district health officer in charge of environmental health urged the local leadership to work hard and meet the deadline since hosting the world toilet day comes with a lot of other opportunities that could benefit the district.