Nairobi drinking water contaminated with ARVs, other drugs
04 July 2016, 11:28
Nairobi - Residents of Nairobi and Kisumu counties are drinking water contaminated with antiretrovirals (ARVs) and pain killers.
A study conducted by University of Eldoret and Ghent University, Belgium established water in these two counties contain compounds used in ARVs, antibiotics, hormones and anti-depressants.
Though 24 pharmaceuticals were found in rivers, waste and ground water, their concentrations are far below the levels of a medical dose.
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While speaking to Daily Nation, however, Kenneth K’oreje who is one of the report authors said that such water still exposes Kenyans to greater risk of developing resistance to certain drugs.
A similar study on food products in 2013 had established that farmers in Kiambu and Murang'a counties were using ARVs to fatten chicken .
According to reports, the farmers added ARVs to broiler feed to ensure they are ready for sale at four weeks.
Nairobi offers a ready market for chicken from these two counties.