- Government of Kenya
Kenya is one of the many countries in the world whose water is highly fluorotic. Some sources of water have fluoride levels as high as 20mg/l against the WHO standard of 1mg/l. The fluorotic water has as a result led to abnormally serious cases of fluorosis.
Although the health effects of fluoride-water are well documented and well known by the government and public health authorities, no single effort has been made towards mitigation. The citizens with chronic fluorosis continue to suffer injustices among others: inability to access some careers such as the military, news presenters and air hostesses, low self esteem, physical disabilities.
As an organization, we feel the time is ripe for the government to enact a policy that will adequately address this health menace.
Dental fluorosis, also called mottling of tooth enamel, is a developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride during tooth development. The risk of fluoride overexposure occurs at any age but it is higher at younger ages. In its mild forms (which are its most common), fluorosis often appears as unnoticeable, tiny white streaks or specks in the enamel of the tooth.
In its most severe form, tooth appearance is marred by discoloration or brown markings. The enamel may be pitted, rough and hard to clean. The spots and stains left by fluorosis are permanent and may darken over time.
We, the people of Nakuru County in Kenya, call on the government of Kenya to enact legislation that aims at completely eliminating the fluoride in our water.
The Stop Fluorosis in Kenya petition to Government of Kenya was written by water watch initiative and is in the category Consumer Affairs at GoPetition.