By Ben Chumba
UNICEF Kenya Representative Werner Schultink has challenged county governments to prioritize sanitation on their development agendas to prevent diarrhea.
Speaking in Isiolo during the commemoration to mark the world toilet day Schultink said every year more than 9,000 children in the country die before reaching the age of five from preventable diarrhea diseases caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation.
In Isiolo alone statistics indicate that at least 18 children died between 2009-2010 due to diarrhea diseases a move that compelled the county government to launch an ambitious program to end open defecation free by February 2017.
Area governor Godana Doyo said the County government said he will see to it that the plan is achieved within the stipulated time frame.
According to Godana only 1% of Isiolo County population is connected to the sewerage system and that the county government will work with the communities to ensure that they are protected from diarrhea diseases.
The world toilet day was set aside to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.