The Star (Nairobi)

23 August 2014

Kenya: Sh27 Billion Spent On Diseases

THE Turkana government spends more than Sh27 billion every year to treat diseases caused by poor hygiene and sanitation.

Speaking at Kainuk health center during the commissioning of a waste incinerator, John Kariuki, the director of public Health the funds can be used in other economically viable ventures rather than in preventable diseases.

"The money can be used to provide other health services in rural areas," he said.

Katiuki said county and national governments should focus on improving public sanitation and promote good hygiene practices.

"We need to improve sanitation to promote good hygiene practices and help the two levels of government save billions of shillings," he said.

Kariuki said Sh94 million is needed to improve Turkana's poor state of sanitation.

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