Public health officials on Thursday shut down Wundanyi market in Taita-Taveta County due to filth and unsanitary conditions.
The closure order stated that several earlier advisories over sanitation standards in the market had been ignored forcing the public health department to the close the facility that houses over 400 traders.
In the order letter dated 13th September 2018 and sent to the County Chief Officer in the department of trade and cooperative, Wundanyi market will remain closed until several conditions meant to improve the sanitation levels are met.
The conditions include draining of the overflowing septic tank, realigning the walkways, unclogging the storm water drain, fumigating the whole market to get rid of pests and provision of fire extinguishers.
The notice was issued by Public Health Officer for Wundanyi Sub-County, Dominic Kitando. The market sanitation has highly deteriorated apart from discriminate (sic) human waste disposal and urination within the town, read part of the letter.
There have been several complaints over the overcrowding and overflowing of septic tanks in toilets around the market.
To address this issue, the department of public health sent the first advisory in August 2016 to the market management. The advisory letter was ignored. The second notice dated 5th June 2017 was also disregarded and so was the third one sent on July 2017.
The closure is expected to hit traders hard and may force them to relocate to the nearby Mbela market as Wundanyi market undergoes rehabilitation.
Source: Kenya News Agency