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Residents asked to observe hygiene

23 November 2012, 17:00 Kelvin Mureithi

Imenti - Residents of Abogeta division in Imenti South district have been challenged to embrace the culture of practicing hygienic habits at their homes to ensure that the general public health is safeguarded.

These were the remarks made by the area public health officer, Judy Ngera, while speaking to a group of butchers and livestock traders at Kanyakine market yesterday.

Ngera said, “It was so unfortunate when some people blame the public health department for not delivering their services, the public is not willing to heed to the advice offered by the officers on how to live healthy.”

She noted that, she had a duty to educate the public on the significance of having cheaply constructed houses with adequate space and ventilation but she had no provision of constructing houses within her area of duty.

She was also concern that besides continued public sensitization on the need to have a pit latrine in every home, some families were still using bushes and coffee plantations as their toilets arguing that their forefathers did not have any pit latrines yet they were living healthy lives.

Ngera decried the common habit in the area of taking health issues for granted only to complain whenever there is a disease outbreak saying the government was slow in responding towards containing the same.

She reiterated that the public had an obligation to take care of their health saying most of the common disease that reduce peoples’ productivity were preventable if only people were willing to play their role in sustaining a healthy environment.

She observed that common diseases were very rampant during the rainy season since most children tend to carelessly play around with dirty water which has a lot of harmful bacteria and particles therefore the need for parents to be keen and de-worm their children.

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