EXPOSED TO HEALTH RISKS

Government should assure safety of undervalued miners

Prone to loss of hearing ability due to noise, decrease in life expectancy and death

In Summary

• They need safety equipment to help them operate as frequent exposure to the sites also places their health at greater risk. 

• Local miners are not recognised as a working group despite playing a huge role in the country's socio-economic development.

A gold miner died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Nyatike while three others were hospitalised
RISKY VENTURE: A gold miner died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Nyatike while three others were hospitalised
Image: FILE

For the longest time in the country, small scale mining business has not been given many platforms with the recent cry of miners in Migori pleading with the county and the national governments to ensure their safety.

Local miners are not recognised despite playing a huge role in the country’s socio-economic development. Their safety is not guaranteed as they have been left to operate manually without safety and protective equipment.

They should be provided with safety equipment as frequent exposure to the sites places their health at greater risk.

 

Mombasa