Pupil falls into latrine, admitted to Hoima Hospital

15-year-old pupil, Safira Atuhaire, in her sick bed after falling into a pit latrine at Bugambe Tea Primary School in Kikuube District. (Image: Gad Asaba)

A 15-year-old physically impaired pupil is admitted to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital nursing wounds she sustained after falling into a pit latrine at Bugambe Tea Primary School in Katanga Village, Bugambe Sub-county in Kikuube District.

Safira Atuhaire fell into a 12-feet dilapidated pit latrine Wednesday morning, according to the government school head teacher, Mr Peterson Kusiima.

The head teacher said on learning of the accident, police was immediately called in and salvaged the teenage girl before being rushed to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital where she is currently hospitalised being treated for the injuries she sustained on her body.

Mr William Agaba, the Kikuube District Youth Councillor, blamed the school administrators for negligence that has resulted in the horrible incident.

“The school administration is to fault because they have been aware that the latrine was unfit for use given its poor condition. So, how could they still allow pupils to continue using it? He asked.

A dilapidated pit latrine into which Safira Atuhaire fell at Bugambe Tea Primary School in Katanga Village, Bugambe Sub-county in Kikuube District. ( Image: Gad Asaba)

However, the head teacher attributed the accident to the rainy season that has softened the soil that could no longer hold firm the slab for anybody to rely on while easing themselves in the latrine.

“The current heavy rain in the area rendered the soil weak to hold the slab and when the pupil stepped on it, it sank and she also fell in,” Mr Kusiima told this online news portal.

Mr Deogratius Byakagaba, the Kikuube District Education Officer, who admitted that the pit latrine was in bad shape revealed that the district had already planned in advance by constructing another pit latrine but the incident happened before completion.

He advised head teachers to always be proactive instead of being reactive to any problems pertaining to school structures by reporting to higher authorities timely to avoid a repeat of the same incident.

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