Mandera health department closes down shallow wells over fears of contamination

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The county government of Mandera has today closed down nine shallow wells for failure to meet the minimum public health standards.

CEC Health Dr. Mohamud Eda has confirmed the wells will remain closed until they fulfill basic public health requirements.

“The wells pose high health risks due to its high level of contamination caused by surface run off following the recent rains” reads a statement by the County press team.

According to Mandera East sub-county Public Health head Mr. Hussein Yussuf who was leading the officials during the exercise, the department had earlier issued 30 alert notices to all hotels, eating houses and makeshifts where food is prepared and sold as well as several households.

The public was also sensitized on how to avert diarrhoea and other water borne diseases during rainy season and over 400 households given a total of 4000 sachets of aqua tabs for water treatment.

Chlorination was also done for 14 shallow Wells while home owners received 45kgs of chlorine granules.

Three water boozers ferrying water from non-chlorinated sources were also arrested in a recent swoop as the county seeks to curb spread of waterborne diseases.

This comes a day after the County stopped Banisa residents from using a major dam for fears of contamination.

Samples from the dam were sent to Nairobi for testing and residents asked to use alternative sources.

 

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