Kenya loses KES 27 billion annually to poor sanitation
24 November 2014, 20:57
Mombasa - Tourists would prefer visiting South Africa to Kenya due to sanitation situation that requires them to undergo various vaccinations against diseases caused by poor hygiene.
According to a desk study carried out by the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, Kenya loses KES 27 billion annually due to poor sanitation, an estimated cost of Thika-Super Highway every year.
Most travellers visiting Kenya are vaccinated against Hepatitis A, polio and typhoid while most of those visiting South Africa would only be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and typhoid.
The study reveals that Kenya could lead to an increase in travel and tourism of an estimated KES1billion based on the current contribution of travel and tourism to GDP addressing sanitation.
Open defecation, according to the study, costs Kenya more than 7.6 Million per year yet eliminating the practice would require less than 1.2 million latrines.
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Speaking in Nakuru during the World’s Toilet Day, National director of Public Service Dr Kepha Ombacho said counties especially in arid and semi-arid areas will be allocated funds to improve the provision of sanitary facilities like toilets and latrines.
He noted that many counties especially in the arid in semi-arid areas like Mandera, which is ranked the worst in sanitation among the Counties, are lagging behind in provision of sanitary facilities with open defecation a major health hazard.
“County governments have the responsibility of providing sanitation and sensitizing residents on the importance of good hygiene. Counties will be allocated funds to improve sanitation from next year, a move which will see many diseases being managed”, Mr Ombacha said.
Some 14 counties are average in provision of sanitation services while 19 are categorized as below average in the report released by the Environmental Health Department with the Support of Water and Sanitation Programme of the World Bank.
Although it loses 426 million annually due to sanitation, Nyeri was ranked the top while Nakuru was ranked the second best county loosing KES 978 Million. Mandera is ranked the worst county in sanitation loosing 1.2 billion annually.
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