Burnt NMS Mosquito Nets Dumped Near Lake Victoria

Burnt NMS Mosquito Nets Raise Community Health Concerns
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In Nakiwogo, Entebbe, burnt mosquito nets, once belonging to the National Medical Stores (NMS), were discovered among debris and waste near Calvary Chapel Christian School. The mosquito nets, which were destroyed in a fire on September 12, were stored in a private warehouse owned by DAS Handling Ltd.

The community in Nakiwogo has expressed worry about the dumped burnt mosquito nets and debris near the school, as they fear it may pose health risks and contribute to the spread of diseases. Environmental activist Asumpta Nakamya urged the Ministry of Health, National Environmental Management Authority, NMS, and DAS Handling Ltd to promptly address the issue.

The waste disposal site is situated close to Lake Victoria, a market, and the local community, raising concerns about potential harm to the environment and public health. Marc De Leu, the managing director of DAS Handling Ltd, expressed regret over the incident, revealing that they had contracted a company to handle the disposal but were unaware of the improper disposal location. They have since engaged another contractor to remove and dispose of the items correctly.

Efforts to obtain a comment from NMS were unsuccessful, as the spokesperson, Sheila Nduhukire, could not be reached, and the General Manager, Moses Kamabare, did not respond to calls. A video depicting the burnt mosquito nets dumped near Lake Victoria gained traction on social media, prompting questions about the rationale behind the disposal method.

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