Nakuru Government has banned fish hawking along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway following an outbreak of Cholera in the neighboring counties of Nairobi and Kiambu.
Through the department of public health, the County has also outlawed food hawking in major towns as one of the mitigation measures.
The move will render tens of traders including those hawking fish in Naivasha jobless following the issuance of the public statutory notice.
The multi-million fish-market in Naivasha and along the highway is yet to be completed and the ban is a big blow to tens of youths who target motorists along the busy road.
Naivasha sub-county public health officer Margaret Wainaina confirmed the move to ban fish hawking along the highway terming it as long overdue.
She defended the move noting that they were not taking chances following the cholera outbreak in various counties in the country.
“Though we have not recorded any cholera case in Naivasha, we are taking proactive measures by banning food hawking along the highway and in the town,” she said.
Wainana called on members of the public to report any suspected case of cholera to the department of public health with immediate effect.
She said that they had dispatched officers in the town and along the highway to make sure that the order was complied with.
“Anyone flouting the notice will be arrested and charged in court as we are not taking chances following various reports in neighboring counties,” she said.
And in a notice signed by the acting Chief Officer of Health Dr Daniel Wainaina, hawking or cooking of food in undesignated areas had also been banned across the county.
Wainaina further added that defecation along the highway had been banned while sewerage and water companies had been directed to address any blockages with immediate effect.
“All water bowsers should be licensed by the department of public health while all workers in hotels should have the required heath certificates,” he said.
One of the fish hawkers Josphat Waigi however cried foul over the blanket-ban noting that they had observed all the set health standards.
“Our fish are safe and we have never recorded any case of food poisoning since we started business along the highway,” he said.
Another trader Dickson Muli blamed the county for failing to complete the fish market in Karai center by December last year as promised.
“We were promised that the fish market would be completed by December but this never happened and now we have to suffer because of others’ mistakes,” he lamented.