Society / Health & Science
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:00 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Nakuru County Government has announced a partnership with World Vision, an international NGO, under which they will provide toilets in 20 villages in a bid to curb open defecation.
“Kenya loses Sh27 billion every year due to poor sanitation. As a county we lose Sh972 million in the fight for disease which could be prevented by proper sanitation,” said Kabii Mungai, the county health executive, said during the launch of the project.
In a speech read on his behalf by Chief of Health Samuel Mwaura, the county health executive said: “It is sad that 25% of the people do not have access to adequate sanitation. It is also unfortunate that women and girls are raped and attacked while seeking a place to defecate while teenage girls cannot access higher education due to lack of toilets.”
The officer said that at least eight million Kenyans defecate openly, hence the chronic outbreak of diseases such as diarrhea, amoeba, typhoid and cholera.
Each homestead in the village should have a latrine and the whole community has been sensitised to avoid practices that lead to improper dumping of waste.
In 2013, Kenya initiated a nationwide a Community Led Total Sanitation campaign to eradicate open defecation and intends to declare all villages Open Defecation Free by the year 2020.