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The Millennium Development Goals target 75% global sanitation coverage by 2015. The cost to reach the milestone is estimated at US$ 14 billion annually through the period. Among other health gains, sanitation is estimated to reduce diarrhoea cases by 391 million worldwide each year.

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Kenya is one of the sixty countries that signed the Bonn Ministerial Declaration assigning high priority to water and sanitation as vital keys to sustainable development. Kenya is a signatory of the Rio de’ Janeiro declaration making water, sanitation and hygiene a top priority for action on the continent that is seriously affected by lack of basic water and sanitation services. This, however, remains an elusive goal.

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Over 300 Kenyans have recently lost theirĀ  lives through cholera and many more continue to be at risk. According to Doctor Lukoye Atwoli. As the ministry of public health and sanitation continues to deploy more personnel to the affected areas, more cases keep popping up. Outbreaks of cholera and other diarrhea diseases are practically unheard of in countries that have improved their waste disposal systems and ensured a steady supply of clean drinking water for their citizens. As the Kenyans continue dying of a disease caused by poor hygiene and whose prevention is mostly clean water, we must ask ourselves if we are up to the challenges of the new millennium and on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the Kenya’s vision 2030.

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