Sonko calls for innovative measures to boost sanitation in urban areas

Friday, November 1st, 2019 20:54 |
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. Photo/File

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has called on stakeholders in the environment sector to adopt innovative and modern models of advancing sanitation in urban centres.

While addressing participants at the 2019 Kenya Sanitation Conference Gala Dinner in Nairobi Friday, Sonko said governments cannot work in isolation in addressing environment-related challenges.

He said increasing population in urban centres poses a great challenge especially to international development partners.

With the population in Nairobi now estimated to be around seven million people, the governor said high level sanitation programmes must be put in place to safeguard against chronic health hazards.

"Scientists and all innovators should provide functional, sustainable and affordable solutions to our people and this is possible through innovation," he said.

At the same time, Sonko said sanitation levels in Nairobi have improved and that water network coverage now stands at 81 per cent with sewer coverage at 50 per cent.

Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said cleaning cities needs collectiveness.

He urged counties to be innovative and embrace new technologies.

“Cleanliness does not involve any particular individual. It’s a collective measure,” he said.

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