ADJUMANI. Adjumani district has missed the opportunity to host this year’s world toilet day after failing to attain 100 per cent open defecation free (ODF) target.
Instead, local council one chairpersons, village health team members and lower local government leaders on Tuesday convened at the district council boardroom to re-strategize and forge a way forward to achieve the ODF status.
The world toilet day, an annual event observed on November 19 was initially set to be hosted by Adjumani district local government this year on condition that the district attains ODF status by October 31, a target the district failed to achieve.
Adjumani was identified by UNICEF as a model district to implement the district-wide Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
During the recent sub-county level advocacy meetings spearheaded by the district chairman at village levels, the leaders committed to attaining ODF by October 31, 2019, which they later failed to achieve.
As a result, Mr Godfrey Manga, the assistant district health officer in charge of environmental health disclosed that by Monday, November 18, out of the 206 villages, only 161 villages managed to attain ODF thus representing 78% latrine coverage.
Manga also indicated that although the situation seems to be progressing very well, the findings by the UNHCR show that the latrine coverage in the refugee settlements is still at 74.3 per cent.
Mr Wellborn Kenyi, the Pakele sub-county chairman blamed the problem on heavy rains which he said washed down most latrines.
But Ms Margaret Akello, a village health team member from Pakele sub-county said sanitation issues must not be compromised, adding that the more time is wasted, the more dangerous it becomes.
She urged district officials to give them one month to traverse the entire district in order to achieve the set ODF status.
Mr John Anyanzo, the Adjumani district vice-chairman noted that the district has a vision and the vision can best be achieved when issues of sanitation have been addressed to their logical conclusion.
Anyanzo appealed to the district health inspectors, health assistants, and other officials to work with a lot of zeal if the set ODF target is to be achieved.