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Cornelius Kipkoech November 2, 2022


County Public Health Officer Alfred Bichii has urged the residents of Nandi to maintain high standards of cleanliness to avoid being infected with water-borne diseases.

He urged the public to keep their surroundings clean and regularly wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitisers.

He noted that most people do not boil water from the river or wells to kill disease-causing germs, which leads to incidences of typhoid, cholera, skin rashes and other waterborne diseases.

Bichii said most diseases can be prevented by boiling water before drinking and maintaining high hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds as the most effective way of killing germs

He lamented that most of the Nandi residents have since lowered their guard on maintaining hand hygiene over the declining rate of Covid-19.

‚ÄúDespite containing the spread of Covid-19, there are still more severe diseases that are on the loose and which can be risky if hands are not properly washed,” he said.

Bichii was speaking during a WASH training for Public Health Officers drawn from Emgwen Sub County that was organized by Aqua Clara Kenya which has partnered with the county on WASH programs and is putting up its product distribution office at Namgoi junction.

Aqua Clara Kenya partners with County Governments in Kenya and trains their Community Health Workers (CHWs), supporting them to form and facilitate WASHiriki Clubs. Each Club has 15-30 members, with 70% of members typically women.

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