Via The Star: City suspends food hawking as fears of bird flu spread heighten. Excerpt:
The Nairobi government has banned food hawking and deployed public health and inspectorate officers to enforce the directive.
Health executive Bernard Muia said food hawking poses a “health risk to the residents as nobody knows [how safe] the food [is]”.
“We cannot allow Nairobians to consume food whose source they don’t know. Those who want to do this business must come to us for licensing,” he said.
The public health officers have been ordered not to allow hawkers to sell food in the city and to arrest those who defy the directive.
“The Department of Public Health has been receiving bribe from food handling businesses and turn a blind eye on unhygienic [food kiosks],” Muia said.
In a statement yesterday, Muia said all licensed eateries will also be inspected afresh to ensure they meet hygiene standards.
He urged city residents not to eat dead chicken or sick birds.
Muia admitted, however, that Nairobi faces a challenge as the supply of chicken and eggs is mainly from outside the county.
“The chickens are brought after they are slaughtered, therefore, we cannot determine if they were healthy,” he said.
The executive assured residents the department has put in place a disease surveillance team to monitor and report any suspected cases of bird flu.