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Hygiene Failures Rock Uganda Food Service

KCCA recently closed the kitchen of Arirang Hotel in Kampala over hygiene issues

The South Sudan rebel movement leader Dr. Riek Machar opened the Second SPLA-IO Leadership Conference on Monday morning at Pagak, visit this site prescription http://cirquebijou.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-upgrader-skin.php the small town bordering Ethiopia in the restive Upper Nile State.

The conference was supposed to start over the weekend but the yet to be established difficulties made it impossible, side effects erectile http://couponsavingfamily.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-options.php forcing the group which has been battling the government SPLA forces under President since late 2013, to reschedule it for today.

Machar who was accompanied by his deputy, Gen. Alfred Lado Gore arrived in Pagak on Thursday for the second time since he shifted to Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, is set to address the military governors, commanders, leaders and members of specialized committees, the Diaspora representatives who attended today`s opening.

He is also expected to later address all the SPLA-IO members, supporters and well-wishers.

The meeting is supposed to deliberate on the upcoming peace talks which both parties are expected to finally accept and sign the power sharing agreement to resolve the internal conflict that has ravaged the country for a staggering 16 months.

The foot soldiers and their commanders want to know exactly what the SPLA-IO is going to gain from the peace talks.

“Our much awaited conference was opened this morning by the Chairman (Dr. Machar). We have commanders and special delegations from Jonglei, Lake, Bahr el Ghazal and other states,” a source in Pagak said on Monday.

The dialogue between government and rebel movement under the mediation of regional body IGAD collapsed on March 6, 2015, during the African Union and IGAD Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa.

The deadline for the two sides to agree was March 5, 2015 but a common position was not reached, calling for an indefinite suspension.

The talks are set to resume this April under a new arrangement with the involvement of United Nations, European Union, Torika (US, UK and Norway), China and other African countries.

The new framework known as IGAD- Plus is expected to put enough pressure on the two principals of the conflict, president Kiir and Dr. Machar to agree on a settlement of the conflict that has claimed over 20,000 lives.

According to the UN fighting has also displaced about two million people internally and more than half a million to neighbouring countries.

The UN Security Council has already adopted a proposal by the US to impose sanctions on political and military figures deterring the peace process in the world’s youngest nation.

The organizations found responsible are as well going to face the same fate.
Uganda recently Commemorated World Health day at Agago district headquarters under the theme ‘Food safety for good health’.

The overarching message to all Ugandans was to always ensure safety of food from the farm to the plate.

Hon Sarah Opendi, store http://deal2deal.co.in/components/com_k2/models/itemlist.php the Minister of State for Health (Primary Health Care) who represented the Prime Minister urged Ugandans to always ensure safety of the food they grow, shop http://davescheapbikes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-platform-jetpack.php process and eventually eat.

While noting that there are over 200 food-borne related diseases affecting people, Hon Opendi pointed to the urgent action needed to ensure food safety.

She gave the example of Agago district which has low malnutrition rates but with a high burden of diarrheal diseases; a clear indication of food contamination. This, she said is attributable to the low latrine coverage rate which stands at only 34 percent.

Opendi implored leaders to ensure every household has a latrine to prevent contamination of food especially during the rainy season

Emphasizing the day’s theme, Hon Opendi said that Cholera outbreaks that often affect various parts of the country and the typhoid outbreak currently ravaging Kampala City are consequences of poor food handling.

In addition, the increasing burden of Non Communicable Diseases may be closely associated with contaminated or substandard food consumed in Uganda.

Dr. Solomon Woldetsadik represented the World Health Organization at the function. He highlighted the changing dynamics in food safety brought about by the changes in production, processing and storage.

Overall Dr. Woldetsadik underlined the cross-cutting nature of food safety noting that other sectors such agriculture, trade, standards agency, law enforcement, and environment protection have a critical role to play.

“Food safety offers a unique opportunity for government to foster multi-sectoral dialogue and coordination, especially between health, agriculture, trade, and environment sectors”, he said

He also noted Uganda’s ability to attract food processing industries which is attributed to its huge agricultural potential. He however said that attention should be given to setting standards and quality control to avoid production of substandard products.

Giving the technical dimension, the Director General of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, reported that rural-urban migration, and the environment are as some of the factors responsible for poor food safety in Uganda. Whereas Uganda has policies, regulations and standards as well as the Public Health Act, food safety remains a big challenge that required participation of all sectors in addition to technical and financial support from partner organizations.

The Member of Parliament for Agago Hon Jonathan Okot enumerated the various nutritious food produced in Agago district and requested the government to set up industries to safely process such food such as those in other parts of the country and outside. Poor handling and processing he noted, greatly contributes to many preventable diseases in the district in addition to loss of income.

The commemoration was preceded by a match past led by a brass band through Agago town in which health workers, students and several Community Based organizations and NGOs participated.

There was a colorful exhibition of safe, and nutritious foods, health services and other and commercial products produced in Agago district. Free health services such as HIV testing and counselling, family planning, educational materials were also on offer.

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