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Nairobians have highest access to toilets in country

Nairobi county has the highest population with access to improved waste disposal means, at 87.9 per cent, according a report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Wajir is on the other end of the stick, with only at 6.8 per cent enjoying improved waste disposal services.

Access to improved modes of waste disposal in Nairobi county is 15 times better than Wajir county.

Other counties in the top five with improved sanitation are Vihiga, Kakamega, Kirinyaga, Mombasa and Kiambu, while those at the bottom include Narok, Kwale, Garissa, Samburu and Mandera.

More than 40 per cent of Kenyans use pit latrines, buckets and bushes to relieve themselves, exposing them to contagious diseases, the report shows.

The report, ‘Pulling Apart or Pooling Together’, shows large differences between households headed by men and female-headed families on access to better sanitation.

According to the World Bank, Kenya loses Sh27 billion ($324 million) each year due to poor sanitation.

A World Bank report on water and sanitation for 2012 indicates that 21 million Kenyans, about half the population, use unsanitary or shared latrines, while 5.6 million others do not have latrines at all and are forced to defecate in the open.