The Lord Mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago today hosted Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) Mission his Parlor to make a follow up on the Kampala Street Lighting Master plan progress.
Building on the previous engagements with the World Health Organization, Lukwago impressed the agency upon assimilating the air quality control system and WiFi hotspot routers under this project.
Earlier this week, Lukwago was one of the panelists at the 15th International Conference on Housing and Urban Health organized by the World Health Organization at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The Conference intent was to offer scientific and normative guidance on healthy housing for a sustainable and equitable future.
The WHO Housing and Health Guidelines provide global, evidence-based recommendations on how to improve housing conditions; this is because housing is a major entry point for inter-sectoral public health programmes and primary prevention.
The Lord Mayor said that the salient issues addressed therein are too critical for policy formulation in Kampala given the fact that it largely suffers from an increasing population growth, informal settlements and sprawling structures.
This comes in at a ripe moment when KCCA is reviewing its Strategic Plan 2013/14-2018/19 and at a time when Kampala has just embraced the “Breathlife Campaign.
“They will also guide unpacking the narrow scope of an ordinance on managing homesteads in Kampala,” he said.
Based on the best available evidence, the WHO Housing and health guidelines provide new guidance relevant to inadequate living space (crowding), low and high indoor temperatures, injury hazards in the home, and accessibility of housing for people with functional impairments.
In addition, the guidelines identify and summarize existing WHO guidelines and recommendations related to housing, with respect to water quality, air quality, neighborhood noise, asbestos, lead, tobacco smoke and radon.
Lukwago also reiterated his commitment for community cohesion, urban planning and neighborhood planning, sanitation infrastructure management and building density space in Kampala to ensure implementation of these wonderful guidelines.
He noted that the lights will fundamentally target busy workplaces and open spaces like markets. He promised to engage all stakeholders on operational procedures and sustainability of this magnificent project for instance power tarriffs in areas where it maybe not be practical to have solar lights.
He asked the KCCA Director for Engineering and Technical Services to fast track paving of roads as it will be difficult to install lights on murram roads.