Isi­olo to dig la­trines to prevent dis­eases

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern -

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.

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