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Activists Sound Alarm Over Rising Number Of Poorly Disposed Diapers

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A group of Activists from Kisumu is appealing to the county government to partner with the National Environment Management Authority and sensitize the public on the proper means of disposing diapers.

This is after the activists collected over 3,000 poorly disposed diapers from a dumpster in Nyalenda.

Erick Okioma of Nyalenda Social and Health Justice Centre says that diapers have become a nusance in most estates within the city.

According to Okioma some poorly disposed diapers are being ravished by dogs posing even more danger to the public.

“We want the relevant bodies  to be aware of the effects diapers are causing to our environment. Today alone we have collected 3000 diapers from one dumpster and we have even identified the manufactures. Our people need to be aware of the ecological literacy that is needed to make the public understand effects of environmental pollution,” he said.

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According to Okioma some of the poorly disposed off diapers end up in River Auji and River Wigwa.

He has also appealed to the county government to also collect the garbage that has piled up in many slums within Kisumu.

“We also want to highlight that even people who live within the slums pay taxes. There is need for this track collecting garbage to move to the estates too. This is because we have mothers who cannot carry the waste to the designated waste collection point by the county,” said Okioma.

Effects of the diapers to  Lake Victoria

Boniface Akatch Ogutu convenor of Kisumu Peace and Justice Centre has also urged the public to take action in order to ensure that the environment is well taken care of.

Ogutu explains that most of dumpsites in Nyalenda are next to a stream that flows right into Lake Victoria.

“This means that a lot of those solid waste is being channeled to the lake and that it destroys the ecosystem within the lake,” said Ogutu.

He says fish in Lake Victoria are dying over the wastes.

” It is very important that members of the public start working on various innovative and convenient ways of taking care of their dump other than blaming the government,” he said.

Ogutu said that the institutions mandated have forgotten their roles.

“Now all these blame is back to us because Nema has forgotten its role, and as a result we have seen a rise in sicknesses, land grabbing, factories destroying the environment with impunity,” he added.

By ,Jacob Oluoch

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