According to the Ministry of Health, over 75% of the diseases that Ugandans get can be prevented. One of the best ways to keep disease at bay is having basic hygiene facilities, these include facilities like toilets, latrines and generally a clean environment. This is very important if we are to reduce the disease burden in our country.
Although many Ugandans may have these facilities, there is a need to keep them clean so that they don’t become a source of infections. It’s important for people to wash hands regularly with soap and water as an effective way of preventing diseases after visiting the toilets. Inquire about the very basic prevention methods for example clearing bushes around your home, remove any stagnant water, use treated mosquito nets, boil water before you drink it etc. You don’t have to wait for your landlord or health officer or Government for that matter to clear the bushes or to drain any stagnant water around your home which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that spread malaria.
A stuffed wardrobe, dirty dishes in the sink, a heap of empty tins in drawers invites household pests such as cockroaches into your house which transmit diseases. Although some people have some sentimental attachment to broken utensils, furniture and clothes, it’s advised to get rid of such items for adequate aeration of the house. Dust and mop regularly, dusting the house particularly curtains, carpets and chairs, prevents infections like flu. While mopping, focus on the corners and skirting of walls to remove dirt. Boiling drinking water or purifying drinking water prevents diseases such as typhoid and cholera. Most of these disease-causing germs come from fecal-matter so boiling this water destroys the germs. All the above prevention methods and many more are within your reach or control. Be responsible for your own health, Get involved today!