Open ‘bush loos’ are putting Mutomo people at risk of disease, death


Residents in Mutomo, Kitui South in Kitui County are exposed to high risks of water borne diseases as majority of the are relieving themselves in bushes and back side of shops. The situation has been compounded by the county Government of Kitui failing to commission public toilet completed close to four months ago, thus continually making them susceptible to diarrhea and cholera.

According to Mercy Mwikali, a Mutomo resident it is wrong for the people to have no public toilet yet the county government of Kitui funded the same project which is complete.

“Shops and lodging have closed their “private” toilets to avoid public use and it is a pitty to Ngilu’s adminstration” Mwikali said

An estimated 14% of Kenyans practice open defecation(is the human practice of defecating outside (“in the open”) rather than into a toilet). Poverty has been associated with open defecation. Kenya aims to achieve 100% open defecation free status by 2030 in line with sustainable development goal number 6. Using data from 3 national household surveys, this study sought to explore progress made in attaining this at the household level with a focus on poor households.

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