Nakuru county becomes the first county to sign the strategic sanitation plan in Africa and the second to launch the document after Bangladesh and we at climate change awareness kenya are proud to have been among one of the stakeholders in its implementation.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui who spearheaded the launch of Nakuru Countywide Inclusive Sanitation Strategy and commissioning of Nakuru Countywide Sanitation Steering Committee (NACOSTEC) with support from Eng. Johnson Kamau-Director Water and Sanitation, CAS Winnie Guchu, Deputy Governor Dr. Erick Korir, World Bank , Vittens Evides, World Vision, CECMs Eng. Festus Ngeno, Dr. Kariuki Gichuki and Dr. Peter Ketyenya said that it will help the devolved unit in providing proper sanitation to her people.
“Nakuru County loses Sh.978 million each year due to poor sanitation. This includes loses due to access time, premature deaths and high health care costs. That should not happen if we transform waste into treasure,” said the Water and Sanitation Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Winnie Guchu.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui noted that improving sanitation will reduce funds used to treat waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and diarrhoea.
He observed that over the years, investment in sanitation has been low and expressed hopes that this will change as it has a direct impact to the economy, Healthcare and education.
Governor Kinyanjui said investment in proper sanitation in Naivasha has saved the county Sh41million that would have been used to treat disease outbreak.The Governor lamented that Kenya’s urban sewerage coverage stood at 3.4 percent, while 33.1 percent and 27.1 percent of boys and girls in public primary schools had access to pit latrines.