KITUI, WORLD TOILETS DAY MARKED IN STYLE       

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WORLD TOILET DAY Tuesday, November 20, 2018

KITUI COUNTY

By BONIFACE MULU

The Child Fund-funded Eastern Community Development Programme (ECDP) has supported the communities in Kitui and Machakos Counties in many ways in terms of development in the last three years, the programme’s Project Officer Jemimma Muendo has announced.

She also announced that the programme was for three years and that it ended in October 2018. “And we are requesting for the extension by the donor,” Muendo said. The non-governmental official said that they have been providing the communities with the Procter and Gamble Company’s water treatment chemicals for water treatment. “This is for the good of the hygiene,” she said.

She was speaking to hundreds of people during this year’s World Toilet Day celebrations organised by the Kitui County government in partnership with the Child Fund Kenya, Afya Halisi, UN Water, Kenya’s government and Kenya Wash at the Museve market in Kitui Central Sub-County in Kitui County on Monday, November 19, 2018 where Kitui County Public Health Officer Johnson Muinde was the chief guest at the function.

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The World Toilet Day is marked on November 19 every year. “When nature calls-take action” was the theme for this year’s event.

The Isiolo County was the Kenya’s national venue for the event in the country. Muendo, who disclosed that the ECDP covers Kitui and Machakos Counties with its headquarters being in Kitui Town, said that the provision of water to the communities is one of their major priorities.

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She said they provide water to the communities through the boreholes and earth dams construction. The official asked people to drink clean water to avoid the water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, salmonella and amoebiasis. She announced that they are currently training the caregivers in the two counties on parenting for the good of the children and youths. “We the NGO are out for the child protection.

We are fighting all forms of child molestations including defilements and child labour,” Muendo said. And she asked the people to report the child molesters to the relevant authorities. And on his part after reading the Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki’s speech, Muinde said that Busia and Kitui Counties have declared open-defection free by the World Bank and the Kenya’s Health Ministry following the World Bank analysis report.

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“And Siaya and Isiolo Counties are also about to be declared open-defection free in the country,” he added. The four are some of the Kenya’s 47 counties. Muinde asked people to wash their hands thoroughly with water and soap to avoid “eating the human faeces through dirty hands.” We contract diarrheal diseases because of eating the human faeces, the medic said.

He asked people to construct decent latrines for the good of the hygiene. And he also asked them to cover the toilet holes with lids because of the house flies. “Today is a very important day. It is a day we say we must prevent ourselves from diarrheal diseases,” the Kitui County Public Health Officer said.

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