Nairobi County to offer slums cheap bottled water
In the recent past, poor hygiene has led to cholera that has left hundreds dead.
County Health Executive Hitan Majevda said his department was in talks with water companies and the Kenya Revenue Authority to come up with specially packaged water to be made available in slums.
ALSO READ: Low-cost water for Nairobi slum residents to curb cholera “Water companies such as Quencher have already shown interest in the venture and I am trying to convince them to reduce their price to below Sh10 for the slum dwellers,” said Mr Majevda.
According to the health boss, the idea is to reduce the price of a 20-litre water bottle to less than Sh10 to make it affordable for the residents.
It will also only be available in the slums and nowhere else,” he said.
Areas targeted in the initiative include Mukuru kwa Reuben, Huruma, Mathare, Kayole, Kibera, Korogocho and Dandora.
ALSO READ: Two-hour internet disconnection over debt costs City Hall Sh6 million However, the health boss revealed that funding the initiative was a challenge because the county government was cash-strapped at the moment.
Last year, 92 police officers were admitted in city hospitals after they contracted cholera from contaminated food.
And 30 health professionals attending a conference in a high-end hotel were rushed to hospital with cholera symptoms.
According to the World Health Organisation, between 21,000 and 143,000 deaths from cholera are recorded worldwide.