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Nyeri leads in WHO sanitation ranking

17 March 2014, 15:09 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Nyeri has been ranked the best County in terms of sanitation.

According to an assessment conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) through the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) in Africa, Nyeri scored 96 points out of the overall 120 points.

A WSP official, Yolande Combes said Nyeri was ranked the best due to its efforts in dealing with issues related to sanitation, adding that the authorities in the area have mobilized residents to build more latrines.

She expressed concerns that about 500 million people in Kenya do not have toilets, stating that they defecate in open places oblivious of the health hazardous they expose to themselves and the community.

Sanitation in Nyeri county stands at 74 percent with Yolande stating that the county government uses about KES 500 million in the sanitation sector.

The report indicates that about 19 000 Kenyans including 17100 children under five years old, die each year from diarrhea with close to 90 percent of the deaths being directly attributed to poor water sanitation and hygiene.

It adds that poor sanitation is a contributing factor, through its impact on malnutrition rates, to other leading causes of child mortality.

Every Kenyan, Yolande said, should have a toilet by year 2030 according to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

While welcoming the announcement, county executive of Health Services Charles Githua Githinji said although the county was ranked number one, more is yet to be done to educate the population which is still practicing open defecation.

Githinji said the county has received KES 4 billion from WSP to put up ventilated latrines saying that already KES 2 billion of the cash has been released and the project is underway.

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