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Lake Nakuru fish unfit for human consumption



Communities living around Lake Nakuru will now how have to resort to alternate forms economic sustenance after the government declared fish from the lake unfit for human consumption. In a statement to the press, Mining and Blue Economy Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya said that fish at the lake were found to contain high levels of toxic arsenic metal.

Arsenic that is classified chemically as a metalloid can be found naturally in the soil and has properties of both metal and non-metals. Despite its industrial use as a wood preservative, the substance has been proven to have damaging effects to the human body. Scientists have since established that exposure to high levels of the substance alters normal cell function, damages the blood vessels and impairs nerve functions. Further research has also classified the metal as a carcinogenic agent known to cause skin and lung cancer as well as other respiratory ailments.

In a bid to address the issue, the CS affirmed the formulation of a joint taskforce between the Fisheries, The Blue economy and the Ministry of Environment aimed at devising an appropriate strategy to resolve the issue. Fishermen have over the past few years raised the alarm over the unnatural decay of fish from the lake despite refrigeration. The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) says pollution from industrial waste flowing into the reservoir continues to compound the issue after samples of fish caught at the lake were found to contain high levels of nitrates than suitable for their growth.

The former Kwale county Governor however assured Kenyans that the government remained committed to ensuring food safety in the country.