First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on county governments to develop strategies to improve sanitation and waste disposal. She said deaths from cholera was an indication that leaders needed to boost the fight against preventable diseases.

“We have to re-think our hygiene standards, not only in our public eating places but right from our homes if we have to keep preventable diseases such as cholera at bay in the future,” she said in a statement to newsrooms.

She said Nakuru’s central location and popularity as a stopover for travellers from other counties made it a high risk zone. “The cholera outbreak therefore calls for inter-county cooperation to contain the disease. Leaders should also not be ashamed of addressing the epidemic due its link to unhygienic conditions,” she said.

Margaret was speaking on Thursday at Afraha Stadium Annex during the handing over of the 25th fully kitted Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic to Nakuru county. “I am delighted that the 25th Beyond Zero mobile clinic delivered to Nakuru will serve mothers and children in a county that truly reflects the true face of Kenya,” she said.

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said his government will intensify efforts to ensure hygiene standards are adhered to in all public eating places. He echoed the First Lady’s call to county residents to maintain high standards of cleanliness in their homes to curb preventable diseases. The First Lady was accompanied by local MPs David Gikaria (Nakuru East), Samuel Arama (Nakuru West), Subukia MP Nelson Gaichuhie and Nakuru Women Rep Mary Mbugua.

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