Buvuma and Bwema island districts are found in Uganda. A story by Henry Nsubuga which was run by the local newspaper, BUKEDDE, dated October, 11, 2012, indicated that over 1000 dwellers on the islands of Lyabana and Bukuzi live without pit latrines.
Open defecation is rampant on these islands and by the time of compiling that story almost everybody on these islands was suffering from stomach ache leading to vomiting and defecating of bloody feces. One person is said to have passed on and several others are bed ridden.
Residents have decried the outbreak and doctors have attributed it to poor sanitation for the only government constructed pit latrines in the area are full and has never been emptied. This in itself is a big health risk.
The local authorities only intervened by availing them with some medicine.
In my own opinion this intervention is not enough given the situation on the ground as described by the reporter. A lasting solution for the islanders has to be pursued. This is an alert to the generous organizations and individuals to come out and assist these islanders to have toilets with assured sustainable OMs, and behavioral change programs.