Do you trust the places you hang out at? The place where you get your food or drink your beer?

Are you sure the plate was not just cleaned with a cloth so that you get served?Are you sure the fork you are using was washed well or the glass your lips are touching was well scrubbed?

How much faith do you have in the food itself? Was it properly cooked? With what kind of water did they use?

Do you even know where they get their water from? What kind of containers the water is saved in or fetched with?

Let’s talk about the preparing of the food, are you sure no cockroach fell in the soup? Or even a rat?

What about the spiders hang above in the corners of the kitchen?

Have you checked out the kitchen? How many people have their hair covered or are wearing food gloves?

Thank God there are bottled drinks; you don’t have to fear them but what about the juice saved in a jerry can, inside the fridge? Do you know how it was made? Whether the person washed their hands while at it, or if he/she had flue and had no handkerchief.

What about that roasted meat we all love so much, have you checked out the barbeque  grill itself? When was the last time it was cleaned? And the metal sticks, were they washed after use and before use for your meat to be roasted?

The hygiene of our eating places is on a large wanting and no one care to inspect these places. So long as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) gets it’s taxes paid and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has their TIN we are all in good hands.

But what about the health minister, when do they come and inspect for health standards? Do we even have health standards for eating places? How are they implemented and what are the consequences for failing to implement?

Have we become money minded to the extent that our health has to suffer for this?

When we hear of Cholera or Ebola out breaks around is when we panic and start taking action over things we should be looking out for everyday.

It is your health and your life; you need to ask the right questions regarding it. Examine your surrounding for your health and future. Try being selfish for your sake.

We don’t need the government to help us to stay alive; it has a lot of things to do. There are some things that we as people can do for ourselves and the government will support and uphold us. These are some of the things. Taking care of us, ourselves with the little or great power we have.

If I walk into a restaurant and ask to see where my food is being prepared, I would think the owner/manager would let me see because am going to spend my hard and toiled for money in his place. I know one will argue what if we all want to see, who will manage the chaos? The answer lays in your mind.

Let’s stop being taken for a ride and start riding ourselves to where we want to be. Take the wheel once in a while and drive away in a direction you feel is safe, good and worthy of you. Break away from your leash and enjoy a less guided life.

It is time to start managing your trust and faith in hangout places.

Patricia Kahill

Patricia Kahill is a multipotentialite Christian entrepreneur, Content Marketing Coach and founder of the Content Marketing agency, Kahill Insights that helps business owners create engaging and interactive content items for digital platforms with a focus on returning a desired outcome. Patricia was the producer of SlamDunk Basketball Talk a show on House of Talent online TV, a former fellow at Harvest Institute for leadership and now an assessor there, and an alumnus of the YELP class of 2017. A member of the BNI Integrity chapter and African Women Entrepreneur Cooperative. She is driven by passion and curiosity, been taking every opportunity that has been given to her with an ambition of stamping her footprint on the world.

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