NAKURU, Kenya 19th November 2014 – Nakuru County loses Sh.972 million annually due to poor sanitation, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has revealed. Speaking during the marking of the World Toilets Day in Kiamaina Primary School in Bahati constituency, Mr. Mbugua said to eliminate open defection that causes diseases, the county requires to construct 12,000 latrines at the cost of Sh420 million.
“This would save the county from high cost of treatment, lost man-hours and death resulting from sanitation related diseases.” said the governor.
He said to save deaths as a result of poor sanitation, the county’s public health department has managed to ensure that 300 villages are certified as compliant with modern toilets.
“In the next one year we plan to ensure that 30,000 residents have access to proper sanitation,” he said adding that this would be achieved through Public Private Partnership initiative. This would bring the proportion of people with access to improved sanitation to 100% in the rural areas according to Kenya census in 2009, only 3% (60,000 people) of Nakuru residents uses open defecation. This will make Nakuru the first County to be Open Defecation Free.” said the governor.
At the same function, Governor Mbugua was bestowed with the title of “Sanitation Champion” of Nakuru County. He was accompanied by his deputy Joseph Ruto, the CeC Health Dr. Mungai Kabii, Chief Officer Health Dr. Sam Mwaura and other senior county officials said the county remains committed to achieving the Global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as national sanitation targets such as Vision 2030 and the constitutional right to sanitation.
Mbugua challenged the private sector to look at how improving access to sanitation and help in the developing of new markets and new consumers by identifying business opportunities in the sanitation sector and use core business strengths to help deliver both strategic and social development.
He said his government was focused on serving the people of Nakuru better and will ensure improved sanitation.
The governor opened modern toilets at Flamingo and Kiamaina Primary Schools that were constructed with the assistance of the World Bank and other development partners.
In Nakuru County the World Bank has trained 165 public health officers on Community led total sanitation.
Family health international 360 Wash-plus, 25 Occupational therapist, Physiotherapist and Orthopedic technicians were trained on sanitation in order to take care of physically challenged persons.
Practical Action and Umande Trust sponsored one Public Health officer for training in Uganda to learn more on Faecal Sludge management (emptying of pit latrines).