The Embu County Health Department has partnered with a local NGO to come up with programmes to stop people from defecating in the open in Mbeere North Sub County.
Statistics by Caritas, the local NGO that works under the Catholic Church shows that about 60 percent of residents in Mbeere North defecate in the open.
Speaking during a stakeholder’s sensitization forum in Embu town Tuesday, the NGO programme head John Munene said Sh 9 million has been set aside for advocating the digging and use of pit latrines in 30 villages in the Sub County.
He said 12 toilets will be constructed in three public primary schools and hospitals that have the highest need.
The programme will run for one year and will be rolled out in Evorori, Nthawa and Muminji wards where open defecation is rampant.
He said much of the funds will be directed towards advocacy to trigger behavioral change to have residents construct toilets in their households.
The programme that is under the Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (KSHIP) has also been rolled out in 13 counties that include Kajiado, Siaya, Muranga, Wajir, Embu, TharakaNithi and Nyandarua County among others.
“Once the programme is successful, it will be rolled out in Mbeere South Sub County where cholera outbreak has been high in recent past. We will work closely with the national government administrative officers and around 80 medical officers will sensitize residents on sanitation,” he said.
Embu County is ranked 40th in sanitation in the country.
The County Director of Health Dr Philip Masaulo said the Department has allocated s.2million for sanitation adding that the budget would be increased to improve hygiene in the county.
By Muoki Charles
Source: Kenya News Agency