Isiolo to dig latrines to prevent diseases
The Isiolo government is encouraging the digging of latrines and using them appropriately to ensure the county is an open defecation-free area by February next year, Governor Godana Doyo has said.
This will prevent the spread of diseases caused by poor hygiene and faecal-oral transmission.
He spoke on Saturday during a function to mark World Toilet Day. The event was briefly disrupted by heavy rain and officials were forced the change the venue from the stadium to a social hall.
Unicef Chief of Wash for Kenya Andrew Trevett said more than 9,000 children in Kenya die before reaching the age of five years every year because of diarrhoea.
In 2009-10, at least 18 children died in Isiolo due to diarrhoea, he said.
It is unacceptable to lose such a high number of lives even after 160 years of knowledge of the adverse effects of poor sanitation, Trevett said.