Asbestos in Nakuru Town is a huge health risk. Although many have expressed their fears about it, the government, both at the National and County levels, seems to have been reluctant to take any action. But all is not lost.
After successful lobbying for the ban on plastics, environmentalist James Wakibia is on it again. This time around, he wants proper disposal of asbestos waste to be adhered to.
James Wakibia who tirelessly carried a campaign for the ban of single-use plastic bags in Kenya is calling on the relevant authorities to ensure the asbestos sheets being replaced are disposed of in the right manner. He also wants buildings still using asbestos as roofing sheets to be changed as soon as possible.
“We ought to properly dispose of asbestos better to reduce exposure, not disposing of them in a dumpsite as they are doing in Nakuru Gioto dumpsite,” says Wakibia.
The environmentalist says the county government has sanctioned the disposal of the hazardous waste at the Gioto dumpsite which is a huge health risk.
“Nakuru county government should ensure that hazardous asbestos materials are properly disposed of off in the right manner and place to protect people from exposure to asbestos dust,” says James Wakibia adding that it has been proven that inhaling asbestos causes lung cancer.
“The asbestos sheets disposed of in Gioto dump site are dangerous to those working there,” he adds.
Wakibia is also blaming the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) for not carrying its mandate.
“NEMA should lay down the proper disposal mechanism for the asbestos and ensure that this is adhered to,” says Wakibia.
In addition, Wakibia wants residents trained on how to properly dispose of asbestos waste. Some residents have ignorantly been re-using the disposed asbestos sheets unaware of the health hazard the asbestos pose to them.