Cholera outbreak in Hagarbul Dadaab Sub-County

Four children from Hagarbul admitted at the Dadaab sub county hospital in Garissa County have tested cholera positive.

The County Disease Surveillance Coordinator (CDSC), Hassan Elmi said the four aged between 6 and 10 years were rushed to the hospital after the diarrhea persisted.

Elmi said the three of the victims were subjected to rapid diagnostic test kits whose results turned positive for Cholera.

He said samples collected from the victims were taken to Hagadera centre for disease control and the results confirmed that four are suffering from cholera.

The CDSC said the health workers in Hagarbul have been alerted and are now taking precautionary measures to contain the disease.

This morning we have received results from Hagadera laboratory that the four have tested positive to cholera. Our fears have been confirmed and we shall send additional health workers to Hagarbul to support those on the ground, Elmi said.

Elmi advised the residents to maintain high standards of hygiene by boiling drinking water, washing their hands after visiting the latrine, consuming inspected meat among other measures.

He said following an outbreak of the disease last year in Dadaab, the health department ordered for stockpile of cholera emergency supplies that are still in the stores.

We have enough emergency supplies to deal with the disease. We ordered a 10 tonne truck of the supplies last year. We believe it will be enough to deal with the Hagarbul cases, Elmi said.

Source: Kenya News Agency