Boy who died of cholera buried in Murang’a

By: JAMES WAINAINA

A two-year-old boy who died of cholera on October 4 at Maragua Hospital in Murang’a county has been buried.

A man who died on October 5 is yet to be buried. The two are among 25 patients admitted after drinking contaminated water from Mutoho River.

They were all diagnosed with cholera and put in isolation. Hospital medical superintendent Dr Stephen Ngige said the rest of the patients have been discharged.

He said five patients who had also been isolated at Muthithi Dispensary in Kigome are out of danger.

As Elias Ng’ang’a was buried at his parents’ home in Gathuuri village on Saturday, residents asked Gaichanjiru Catholic Hospital to compensate the two families.

They accused it of releasing raw waste into the river. Gaichanjiru Catholic priest Rev Fr Mburu has denied the claims.

Resident Moses Mwangi accused the hospital of deliberately opening the sewer line and later keeping quiet about the issue.

Ng’ang’a’s mother Beth Wamaitha said she fetched water from the river as usual and shared it with her son.

Wamaitha said she later had stomachache, diarrhoea and vomiting. She rushed to Sabasaba health centre where she found other patients with the same symptoms.

When she realised it was cholera, she rushed home to bring Ng’ang’a to the hospital. They were treated and discharged, but her son died at home. Wamaitha was then admitted at Muthithi Dispensary for days.

During the burial, residents witnessed a spectacle when Pastor Joseph Mungai of Church of God refused to place the cross on the boy’s grave, saying it is prohibited by the Bible.