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May 10, 2014

Somaliland : Public health at risk in Hargeisa due to rains, rubbish and plastic bags (Photos)

 - 10 May , 2014 - Gu rains that have started in Somaliland few days ago raise the question of health hazards in the capital city , Hargeisa.  Puddles   and water trapped in areas covered by plastic bags and uncollected rubbish could cause health problems both for the humans and animals
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Open rainwater relief  canal built during the colonial era is filled and obstructed here with plastic containers (Photo; Credit of Oodweyne News ) 

Open rainwater relief  canal built during the colonial era is filled and obstructed here with plastic containers (Photo; Credit of Oodweyne News ) 

The city is blighted by plastic bags that can be found in almost every part. Rubbish is also not collected regularly from most parts of the city contrary to the claims of the local government. The landscape of the capital city, Hargeisa, continues to be dominated by the brightly coloured bags and plastic bottles. Somaliland people use the plastic bags on daily basis for almost anything to be carried whether food , clothes, or Khat. It can be found in almost every house hold.
Somaliland banned plastic bags 9 years ago ,and although the ban has taken effect, the use of bags continues unabated. It has even become known as "Hargeisa flowers" because they are often found on trees. Reports say that  plastic bags  are sold and even  manufactured in the city despite the ban.
It would therefore,  be more effective if the ban of plastic bags in Somaliland that was passed in 2005 is enforced and merchants as well consumers are made aware of the effects of these bags to public health in Somaliland.






Photos : Courtesy OWN
By Medeshi
Updated August 24 2014.
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