Residents of Lapur Ward in Turkana North Sub-county, celebrated their achievement as the County Government’s Department of Health and Sanitation officially declared four villages as Open Defecation Free (ODF).
The four villages, Aleer, Mission, Nabuwan, and Longelemuar, had successfully undergone the community-led total sanitation (CLTS) exercise, conducted in conjunction with World Relief Kenya, through which residents were sensitized on the importance of latrine usage and sanitation.
Speaking during the celebration, the County Public Health Officer, Innocent Sifuna, noted that this achievement brings the total number of ODF villages in Turkana North to 64 certified out of 272.
“Good sanitation not only improves our health but also sets an example for neighboring communities, demonstrating what can be achieved through collective effort,” he said.
He urged the residents to inspire other villages to prioritize sanitation to ensure every village in Turkana County enjoys open defecation-free living.
During the celebration, these villages were awarded certificates to celebrate their sanitation journey. Each household received non-food items (20-litre jerricans and buckets) to facilitate sanitation efforts and store clean water.
The World Relief Kenya Turkana team leader, Micah Ikachoi, emphasized that the achievement marks not the end, but the beginning of a journey towards sustaining proper sanitation practices.
“As we celebrate, we must continue to work together for a future where sanitation remains a priority,” he said.
Ikachoi also assured the residents of follow-up visits to ensure the continued success of their sanitation goals.
The Assistant County Commissioner for Lokitaung, Peter Wafula, emphasized the government’s commitment to collaborate with partners to the benefit of its citizens’ welfare.
“Our health is our collective responsibility,” he said.

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13TH-14TH AUGUST 2024