Respiratory viruses like coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat.
Most often, this happens through your hands.
Hands are also one of the most common ways that the virus spreads from one person to the next.
During a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
The Government of Uganda through National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in partnership with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) are installing hundreds of hand washing points to promote hand washing in Kampala Metropolitan area and other towns.
The hand washing points have soap and free water for citizens to wash hands.
Uganda’s Health Ministry has advised the public to regularly and thoroughly clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Washing one’s hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses.
Status of hand-washing points in Kampala:
- Kasubi center and Market- 7points
- Kibuye center and market- 4points.
- Nakawa center and market 4points.
- Gaba market 1point
- Namuwongo market 1point
- Bugolobi center market 3points
- Kiswa market 1point
- Ntinda market 1point
- Nalukolongo market 1point
- Kitintale center 2points
- St Balikudembe market and the surrounding areas 17points
- Areas near the Old taxi park 10points
- Areas near the New taxi park 9points
- Luzira-Kirombe market 1point
- Portbell market 1point
- Luzira market 2points
NWSC said more connections are ongoing and a total of 300 water points will be connected in Kampala Water Metropolitan area.
The same strategy is being replicated in all NWSC areas of operation across the country.
Officials said NWSC Engineers are in the field working 24/7 to ensure that customers have access to clean safe water in all areas of operation.