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Kenya: Mfangano residents urged to use treated water to curb waterborne disease

Posted by African Press International on March 24, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

The Mfangano Island residents in Homabay County, Nyanza Region have been urged to use treated water to curb the rampant waterborne diseases in the area.

According to health statistics in Suba district, there have been many cases of cholera, bilharzias, diarrhea, dysentery, amoeba and typhoid among others that has claimed many lives in the region.

This has been attributed to direct use of raw water from the lake where they wash their utensils and even bathe hence contributing to the diseases.

Speaking during official handing over of Gethsemane Garden Christian Centre Secondary School water project constructed by Living Water International at a cost of Ksh. 5.5 million, the Regional Vice President for Africa Dr.Victor Madziakapita said such diseases will reduce with the unveiled project.

However, Dr.Madziakapita urged residents and the students to observe sanitation adding that it was the best way to reduce high rate of deaths especially the infants and the old people.

The 2.1cubic metres per hour (2100litres per hour) water system have now put a smile on the face of both Gethsemane Garden Christian Centre Secondary and Primary Schools alongside the communities.

The launched water project is anticipated to benefit over 600 pupils and 300 households around the Mfangano Island with communities expected to pay Ksh. 2 to 3 for maintenance of the water plant.

However, Mr. Jacktone Akello, the Living Water Kenya Representative revealed that the organization majorly focus on providing water to communities through the institutions in the country.

Akello said several water projects have been constructed in various areas such as Dr. Aloo Gumbi, Our Lady of Mercy schools (Kisumu County), Mbooni (Makueni County), Tegecha Secondary (Narok County), Ngiya Girls (Siaya County) Kayole (Nairobi County) and Butere (Busia
County) among others.

He further said that Living Water International Organization has set up plans to embark on spring’s protection and putting more water projects across the country basing on the chosen districts in the 47 Counties.

During the handing over ceremony, over 41 students graduated from the last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to go to various universities and colleges.


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