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|Environmental Health and Sanitation Department|
The Department of Environmental Health and Sanitation (DEHS) is one of the oldest departments in the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. The first Public Health Officer, then called a Sanitary Inspector, was employed in 1907. The title has undergone several changes to the current Public Health Officer (PHO) and Public Health Technician (PHT). Currently, the Department has 4,185 certificate holders (PHTs) and diploma (PHOs). PHTs are deployed to be in charge of public health activities at the community level (Locations and Sub-locations) while PHOs take charge of the divisions and districts.
The current head of the Department, the Chief Public Health Officer is Mr. Kepha M. Ombacho. He is deputized by Mr. John G. Kariuki. The Department has seven (7) divisions namely:
To improve the status of Environment in order to reduce health risks for all Kenyans
High quality, efficient and effective environmental health services.
To provide comprehensive and effective environmental health services for the people of Kenya, ensuring that through appropriate interventions, monitoring, regulation and enforcement, all can enjoy services which are so far as possible safe and without risk to health or welfare.
Contact person for the Department
Mr. Kepha M. Ombacho
Phone: +254 – 20 2717077 Extension 45143