Cholera kills two in Mombasa, 7 taken ill

By: ERNEST CORNEL

Two people have died and seven hospitalised following a cholera outbreak in Mwakirunge, Mombasa county.

One victim was buried last Saturday and the other on Tuesday.

Three people were treated in private hospitals and discharged.

The seven are admitted at the Coast General Provincial Hospital. Area MCA Enoch Mwadziwe on Tuesday said the filthy Mwakirunge dumpsite is the cause of the outbreak.

He said “it has brought misfortune to residents”.

Speaking in the assembly, Mwadziwe said more lives will be lost if the Health department does not take immediate action to stop the looming catastrophe.

He said his efforts to clean up the dumpsite have “always been sabotaged”.

“As a representative, I have time and again raised the problems caused by the dumpsite, but the situation still remains and the people of Mwakirunge continue to suffer,” Mwadziwe said.

He said the dumpsite is not only a health hazard, but “a den of school dropouts” and it is insecure.

“Lives have been lost and my fear is that if nothing or very little is done to address the challenges the dumpsite poses, Mwakirunge people will continue to lose their lives,” Mwadziwe said.

Speaker Thadius Rajwayi directed the Committee on Environment to investigate and present its findings today.

“The situation is dire. It needs an urgent attention,” Rajwayi said.

He said once the report is tabled, the Health Committee will take up the matter.