Why these banks, malls and hotels could be shut in Nairobi

The deadline for the businesses is next week.

Businesses which do not have toilets for its customers will be shut down when county governments start implementing a directive from the Ministry of Health.

Already it is emerging that Nairobi County traders would be the first ones to bear the brunt of a move that was implemented by the ministry of Health, then under CS Cleopa Mailu, as already Nairobi Health CEC Hitan Majevda has confirmed that the crackdown is targeting fast food joints, supermarkets and malls.

Task force

''We are starting a task force next week to implement orders by the ministry of health and the directive on painting of premises by the governor. There will be heavy penalties for those that violate those directives,'' said Majevda.

Although the directive includes banks, Majevda revealed that the Nairobi County crackdown next week will spare them for they cannot host public toilets due to security reasons.

While several shopping malls in the city have complied to the directive, with Garden City, TRM, Junction, Two Rivers and Next Gen malls having multiple toilet facilities for the public, many others are yet to heed the directive.

In November last year, the then Health CS Cleopa Mailu ordered all institutions, including banks and malls, to have toilets for their clients as part of efforts to address sanitation issues.

Sanitation

“As part of achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF), all banks and malls should have toilets. We are keen to address the issue of sanitation on major roads,” Dr Mailu had ordered businesses in the country.

The Director of Public Health and Sanitation Kepha Ombacho has revealed that the Ministry is already in talks to have the directive heeded.

"All supermarkets should have sanitation facilities accessible by clients. The ministry shall not allow management to charge clients because we are running away from open defecation. Those that will not comply will be closed,” Mr Ombacho had affirmed.

The implementation calls comes amid pounding rains which in most cases is associated with waterborne diseases, such as cholera. Nairobi has been hit hardest by the floods, leading to the destruction of sewer lines.

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