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Nyeri to criminalize open defecation

17 March 2014, 12:44 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Nyeri county government is seeking to criminalize open defecation in the county by enacting a new legislation.

The county Executive Member of Health, Charles Githua Githinji has said a Bill is in the offing and will soon be tabled in the county assembly for approval.

He stated that the government is committed to eliminate the health hazards in the county by 2015 and declaring open defecation illegal is one way of meeting this goal.

Speaking at a Nyeri hotel during the County Stakeholders Forum on Sanitation, Githinji noted that open defecation has considerable adverse social impacts and thus low cost and effective ways of stopping the practice need to be scaled up.

“The government is dealing with issues of open defecation to get rid of spread of diseases. Some people relieve themselves in the open and we cannot accept that in this era. By year 2015, Nyeri will be open-defecation-free,” Githinji said.

He observed that elimination of open defecation will reduce spread of diseases like diarrhea and other respiratory infections and also reduce costs incurred on health issues.

Githinji stressed that the county government is dedicated to improve sanitation in the area explaining that disease burden is costly.

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