Residents of Jamaica slums and Sinai village in Nairobi county are crying over illegal unhealthy dumping site located in Residential areas.
Speaking to The daily clock on Tuesday, The residents have said the smoke and smell coming from the burnt waste affects their health and they are asking the county Government of Nairobi to relocate the site.
“Am a resident here and the biggest problem we have here is smoke. Big trucks always dump waste here and they ignite the waste. We have been greatly affected by the smoke. We have developed lung complications and even we are forced to lock young children in the house but still the smoke penetrates the houses. Others cant breath normally,” Said Joys Kathina a resident.
The aggrieved residents have accused the County Government of Nairobi under Governor Mike Sonko for going silent on the hazard dump site.
Jane Muthoni a residential community health worker who was admitted in hospital for 8 months due to lung complications that resulted from the smelly chocking smoke has explained the dangers facing the residents if the issue cannot be resolved as soon as possible citing blockage of the nearby river.
“I was admitted in Hospital for 8 months last year. When they set the waste on fire you hear some blasts coming out like guns. If you watch closely the waste materials are from hospitals and they smell to an extent you cannot properly breath. We are asking Nairobi County why they are dumping it here. We want even The NEMA people to come and asses the condition of the nearby river. Its no longer a river,” Pleaded Muthoni.
The Nyumba Kumi area Chairman Boniface Kamau who is also the former environmental chairman has accused NEMA of laxity and failure to resolve the issue on time.They are now demanding the County Government to act accordingly.