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MOH Declares Every Last Saturday of the Month General Cleaning Day

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Ministry of Health has announced that every Ugandan will on the last Saturday of every month get involved in communal cleaning.

The Health Ministry has now embarked on National Cleaning Days as a way of disease prevention and proper hygiene promotion.

Julian Komuhangi, the Commissioner Environmental Health at Ministry of Health says they resolved to compel everyone to take part in community cleanliness after realizing that 70% of the disease burden currently in the country are hygiene related and can be prevented by simple practices such as washing hands and proper disposal of waste materials.

She said cleaning will be done under the supervision of local authorities who will also decide on how to punish those that will not comply.

Statistics show that only 36% of Ugandans wash their hands at critical times such as after using the latrine, after cleaning babies poo and before or after eating.

Marking the national cleanliness days will be launched in Kampala next weekend and will involve officials from Ministry of Health, together with local council leaders cleaning trenches, collecting garbage in the various city divisions.

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