ADJUMANI. A recent survey conducted by Adjumani district health department has shockingly shown that a total of 2, 226 households in the district do not have pit latrines.

According to the report, of the total, 1,458 households were found in Adjumani East County while the remaining 768 households were in Adjumani West.

While releasing the report of the survey conducted in the last financial year at Adjumani district headquarters on Monday, Mr Godfrey Manga, the assistant district health officer in charge of environmental health, noted that the sub-county with the highest number of households without pit latrines is Pakele with a total of 591 homesteads followed by Itiirkwa and Arinyapi both with 324 households.

He said the lowest number of households without latrines was registered in Ofua sub-county at only 23 homesteads.

Some of the sub-counties doing badly in terms of latrine coverage are Adropi, Ciforo, Dzaipi, Ukusijoni, and Pachara.

Manga, however, stated that generally, they registered a rise in latrine and hand washing coverage.

He said for the case of latrine coverage, it increased by 8.7 percent from 80.0 percent in the previous financial year to 88.7 percent in 2018/19 financial year.

While hand washing rose by 7 percent from 49.6 percent in the previous financial year to 56.6 percent in the last financial year.

Manga attributed the improvement to the support given by UNICEF with a target of achieving open defecation free environment by September 2019 through community-led total sanitation campaign.

Mr Robert Dramwi, the Ofua sub-county chairperson said it is not by a miracle that Ofua sub-county recorded only 23 households without latrine but all happened due to the good team spirit between elected leaders and the technocrats.

He maintained that those who don’t have latrines are new residents that have been tasked to speed up the process of having the health facilities in place.

“We shall set an ultimatum for these households without latrines to respond and failure to do so will call for action against them,” Dramwi warned.

The Adjumani district chairman, Mr James Leku Pili appealed to locals with pit latrines to consider sensitizing their colleagues to understand the importance of having toilets at home.