Cholera tests turn negative

Residents of the sprawling Kihoto slums in Naivasha are a relieved lot after two of their own that had been hospitalized after suffering cholera-like symptoms tested negative to the highly infectious waterborne disease.

The department of public health was on high alert after a mother and her child were taken ill recently given that last year the same village lost more than 10 people to cholera.

However, medical tests on the duo that suffered from acute diarrhoea posted negative results, with the Naivasha sub-county referral hospital superintendent, Dr. Joseph Mburu, saying the patients were stable and recuperating at the facility.

The two patients were brought to the facility with cholera-like symptoms but after thorough tests, the cases have turned out to be negative, Dr. Mburu told the press on Thursday.

However, the medical superintendent said the hospital was on high alert following cholera outbreak in the nearby county of Nairobi where four people have so far died, adding that the town’s proximity to Nairobi put it at high risk of the infectious disease.

The incident comes barely two days after the department of public health banned food hawking outside the Naivasha sub-county hospital, and also outlawed dropping and picking of passengers at the facilities gate by both matatu and motorcycle operators.

We are working with the department of public health to make sure that the ban on food hawking mainly around the hospital gate is enforced, said Mburu.

At the same time, the county government has started to rehabilitate and unclog blocked drainage systems in the town following the on-going heavy rains pounding the area to avert cases of flooding.

Area sub-county administrator, Julius Nyaata said the exercise would target all major drainage systems in the town and residential estates, adding that the County was also working with the department of public health to treat shallow boreholes located next to latrines.

This has in the past been the cause of water source contamination, resulting to cholera outbreak particularly in slum areas of Karagita and Kihoto where thousands of flower farm workers are hosted.

Source: Kenya News Agency