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Uganda Medical Association wants spitting receptacles in public places and vehicles

Ugandans found spitting in public could spend a year in prison or pay a fine of about R12,450 if proposed changes to the Public Health (Amendment) Bill  law are passed. However, doctors are opposed to the changes, arguing that spitting is a necessary biological function, reports The East African

The Bill seeks to curb the habit that is deemed dangerous due to the risk of spreading diseases. The proposal prohibits spitting in public places or vehicles, except into receptacles provided for that purpose. The Bill was tabled before the Ugandan Parliament last month and is being scrutinised by the Health Committee.

However, doctors are opposed to the changes, arguing that spitting is a necessary biological function. The Uganda Medical Association told legislators that the government should provide sanitary and hygiene facilities in public spaces as an alternative.

“Individuals are also mandated to take care of public health; we should not spit anywhere in public, but that shouldn’t stop us from spitting. Public transport service providers should provide receptacles. Some patients use public means of transport, so should they stay home and die?” said Dr Herbert Luswata, the association’s secretary-general.

 

East African article – Ugandans face jail, $830 fine for spitting in public (Open access)

 

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