NWSC offers support in combating the red eye outbreak - Daily Post Uganda

NWSC offers support in combating the red eye outbreak

KAMPALA: In a recent publication by the Kampala Water Ass. Public Relations Officer, Ms. Josephine Lukuse, attention is drawn to the alarming increase in cases of the ongoing red eye outbreak which has claimed almost 8000 victims in a month. Ms. Lukuse is even kind enough to provide valuable insights into practices that individuals can adopt to minimize their risk of contracting the disease.

However, amidst these concerns, I find myself pondering: How can the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) contribute to the nation’s efforts to combat this surge in red eye cases? As the leading water utility in Africa, NWSC has consistently demonstrated its commitment to excellence, particularly in matters concerning water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Now, more than ever, NWSC’s expertise and resources are paramount. It is essential for NWSC to proactively engage in the fight against the red eye outbreak, leveraging its extensive infrastructure and knowledge to protect public health. But what specific actions can NWSC take to fulfill this crucial role?

Well, Ms. Lunkuse already made one of the corporation’s contributions by fueling awareness among internal stakeholders with a well-articulated article. Now, speaking of the measures she so vividly emphasized in her article; hygiene, one of the primary measures in preventing the transmission of red eye is thorough hand hygiene. Therefore, access to clean water and soap is fundamental in this regard. NWSC, as the mandated and leading provider of water and sanitation services in the country, can ensure uninterrupted supply of clean and safe water to households, communities, and public institutions as a means to facilitate the practice of proper handwashing, a critical defense against infections like conjunctivitis.

NWSC can further actively engage with its customers to raise awareness about the importance of hand hygiene and other preventive measures through various communication channels, including; the School water and Sanitation Clubs, Social Media, SMSs, and community outreach programs. The corporation’s teams can disseminate accurate information about red eye symptoms, transmission, and preventive measures and that way empower individuals with the knowledge they need.

In solidarity with its customers during this trying time, NWSC can also implement targeted interventions to support vulnerable populations. This may include providing water supply to healthcare centers, and other frontline institutions involved in the response to the red eye outbreak. As was the case during the COVID-19 pandemic, the corporation can again explore innovative solutions to ensure water access for communities with limited access to basic services.

Now some may contend that addressing a widespread disease outbreak falls outside the mandate of NWSC’s responsibilities. However, I respectfully disagree. Safeguarding public health is a collective responsibility, and each entity, including NWSC, has a significant role in preventing the escalation of such crises. After all, neglecting this duty could potentially birth yet another pandemic. Wouldn’t you agree?

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