Probe on harmful emissions begins
Raised concernsResidents in Nairobi South raised concerns over emissions by factories that they feared would lead to health complications. The residents of the estates located on Mombasa Road said the noxious gases, which were often emitted at night, were causing respiratory problems especially in children, who were then exhibiting symptoms such as nose bleeding, vomiting and sore eyes. County Assembly Majority Whip Waithera Chege, who is also the South B MCA, threatened to sue the Government if the issue was not hastily resolved. Ms Chege was concerned that the pungent smell was recurrent, especially at night, saying it was a risk, especially now that schools were closed. Last week, she said, another child was hospitalised with breathing complications after inhaling the toxic gas. “Children and even adults with asthma are the most affected by the toxic gases and the issue seems to be getting out of hand. If the issue is not promptly addressed, I will have no option but to sue the Government,” said the MCA. She further disclosed that the county government was in the process of acquiring air filters in the next two to three months. Nairobi County Environment Chief Officer David Makori said investigations on the matter had begun and that the county had mapped out 20 companies. Mr Makori said the toxic emissions had been narrowed down to three companies.
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