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Ministry set to eradicate open defecation

11 September 2013, 17:02 Wilshere

Nakuru - The Ministry of Health in collaboration with Nakuru Public Health department has launched an Inter-agency Coordination Committee (ICC) to fight open defecation in the counties.     

According to a Health officer in the Ministry of Health, DR. John Kariuki, the committee is one strategy of bringing health services closer to the grassroots.

He said that ICC will help eradicate open defecation in the Country by December this year. 

Kariuki was also quick to add that the Ministry was still behind the devolving health services while assuring concerned doctors and other practitioners in the field that the matter was still being addressed.

While addressing other health stakeholders during the meeting in Nakuru on Wednesday, Kariuki maintained that the Ministry of Health will continue working closely with the County governments to provide quality and accessible health services.  

Kariuki pointed that the country losses KES 27 billion annually to poor sanitation and hygiene and called upon the counties to put up measures to improve the situation.

He further said that with the introduction of Inter-agency Coordination Committee in the Counties, sanitation and hygiene will improve and the number of children dying of diarrhea reduce significantly.

“Our country normally losses a lot of money annually and we are hoping the new ICC will help us improve the level of sanitation in our villages,” Kariuki observed.

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