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Monitor hygiene of street vendors to protect citizens

Food vendors should be monitored to ensure their products meet the standards of health to prevent diseases

In Summary

• Street vending provides an option for the youth to become self-reliant when the nation has few employment options. 

• Citizens should also be protected from illegally acquired products. 

A water vendor pulls a handcart full of water jerrycans in a Kisumu City street
UNHYGIENIC SETTING: A water vendor pulls a handcart full of water jerrycans in a Kisumu City street
Image: Samuel Otieno

Street vending provides a source of livelihood for those who have few employment options.

It is an integral part of the Kenyan economy, providing affordable and accessible goods and services. However, the settings where these street vendors operate pose a risk of health problems.

Muddy roads and leaked sewerages that get shoddier when it rains mark such settings. The health of the citizenry should not be taken for granted. It is important that food vendors are monitored so that they can provide food that meets health standards to prevent consumers from diseases.