Cholera cases reported in Naivasha

The number of cholera confirmed cases in Naivasha has risen to nine in the last two weeks, despite assurances by the area County government that the outbreak had been contained.

Among the most affected are women and children, particularly those living in the informal settlements.

One of the victims, a woman, is still admitted at the Naivasha referral hospital while the rest were said to have been treated and discharged.

This came even as health workers continued to accuse the county government of failing to support them in combating the outbreak, saying no funds have been released to them for the operation.

A local community health worker (CHW), Jane Wairimu said the latest case was reported from Industrial area estate which is near the central business district.

She said the health workers were working under very difficult circumstances due to lack of financial support from the county government, which was said to be broke as it was yet to receive its budgetary allocation from treasury.

Our operations are becoming difficult due to lack of funds, she said.

She however commended public health officers in the sub-county for going out of their way to complement their efforts to contain the outbreak despite the on-going heavy rains.

The Lakeview MCA, Karanja Mburu, who is a member of the health committee in the county assembly and whose Kihoto and Kayole wards have been most affected by the outbreak challenged the county government to release funds so that the disease could be contained soonest possible.

He said with the ongoing rains, there were fears that the outbreak could spread more particularly in Kihoto estate where residents rely on water from shallow wells.

The CEC for Health, Dr. Johan Mwangi was last week quoted saying that the outbreak had been contained and that the county government had put in place all the necessary measures to combat the outbreak.

Source: Kenya News Agency