Kampala Politicians and leaders aren’t bothered about our health!


Breast Cancer patient Jessy Acen, 30, is examined by Dr. Victoria Mwebe,

The habit of using polythene bags to cook food (Kampala is a model for Uganda) might be one of the causes for both cancers and neurological diseases, which are becoming rampant in our communities.

For motorised gas fumes – I know for a fact that they kill very quickly and quietly. I did extensive research about the same among mothers living on a heavly motorised street in Europe.

Unlike in Europe/USA cancers appear to be among lower age groups. We need a map of the population affected.

In half a year, I know more than six people who have either died from stroke or gotten paralysed! It is terrible and Ministry of Health and Environment appear not to be concerned. Those perishing in cancers we only hear of high profile who seek money to go to Nairobi or India.

The deaths and disease prevalence, can’t be a coincidence. Of course there might be a mechanism generating those two problems – I suspect high on the list being environmental pollution (VOC) and second excessive use of pesticide/herbicides.

The conditions are very bad given the fact there are dense population in filthy dirty town slums everywhere.

More threatening is what becomes of the people who acquire these diseases and then pass them on to their children as encoded genes?

Prof. Emeritus Calvo of Molecular Biology has told me that the next epidemiological concern in Uganda if not carefull will be genetic diseases – and getting therapy for these diseases might prove cumbersome as parents are now passing on cancers to their siblings as encoded genetic diseases!

I had decided not to write more about the subject. But then I remembered meeting Rwandese students who had come to Uganda, specifically to study Kampala environment. All of them were chemistry graduates as I discovered later.

They collected samples of soil and water and upon laboratory analysis, the discoveries were shocking to them. Indeed one of them went on to write a book. Fascinating so, some of these students, initially doubted their government’s stance on environment but by the time they left Uganda, they had become willing converts and unflinching disciples of Rwandese government urban and environmental policies!

Well for Ugandans it is business as usual, let us sleep on.

Now there is a high level of cadmium and ammonia (ammonia water) in all Kampala spring water. And we are increasingly having chlorinated water due to heavy Lake Victoria pollution! Can you imagine heavily polluted water springs? Reading from the causes, it is apparently clear all Uganda towns are affected in exactly the same way.

Kampala is a double tragedy.Once I suggested that Ministry of Health declares Kampala a poisoned region, unfit for human habitation so that as such funds could be committed for a #special status clean up#. Well my arguments were not politically threatening and as such irrelevant.

The burden as Prof. Emeritus Calvo asserts, is on the future generation genetic defects children and health issues that will emerge then!

Once again the poor picks the bills as usual as the rich head to India and South Africa riding on the poors back.

Bwanika Daniel via UAH forum
(B.Sc. Environmental Sciences – Linköping University Sweden)

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