Months after a cholera outbreak that affected Kampala slums in Ndeeba, Kabowa and Kalerwe, there is fear of another following the start of the rainy season. NBS’ Samson, Vicky and Viola were in those areas to show their state post the outbreak a few months ago.
According to our field reporters, there is no noticeable change in the sanitation and hygiene in the areas. The drainage canals are being used for disposal of human and physical waste. The fears of another outbreak could be justified as due to the poor disposal of waste especially in the canals, there is blockage and with the rainy season just starting floods are a very real possibility. And with the congestion of the housing units would make the spread of not only cholera but other waterborne diseases much easier.
The residents are calling for government assistance as some stated that KCCA does not collect the rubbish in time and so mounts. There have also been calls for government to fulfill their promises made to the people and so far next to none have been met. The residents should also take responsibility as it is their community and would therefore have the need to clean it for their own well-being.