Six more people contracted cholera in Tana North Sub County early this week, bringing the total infections to 218 since the outbreak was reported in January.
, said the six infections were reported after a wedding ceremony held in Bura over the weekend.
Just when we thought we were off the hook in terms of new infections, a family in Bura organised a wedding ceremony that led to the infections, Dr. Endekwa told journalists on Thursday.
He said he suspected that there was a cholera carrier among the guests at the wedding, who could have transmitted the highly contagious disease to others.
He appealed to locals to stop organising gatherings such as weddings and funerals in a bid to completely stamp out the pandemic that has left health personnel scratching their heads due to its recurrence.
We are not cholera free until 90 days elapse without any new infections being reported, he said adding, I therefore urge residents to stop any gatherings where food will be served, and owners of eateries to observe the highest standards of hygiene.
Dr. Endekwa said 90 out of the 218 reported cases had tested positive to the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) while three had been confirmed through the culture and sensitivity test since first case was reported.
Dr. Endekwa said nine patients were being treated at the Bura Cholera Treatment Unit (CTU) while one was receiving attention at Chardende CTU.
He said four people had died of the disease since January and that no new deaths were reported among the recently reported cases.
The Tana River Governor, Major (rtd) Dr. Dhadho Gaddae Godhana has called for a stakeholders’ forum to address the menace.
I am determined to stop this embarrassing disease, that is why I have called a stakeholders’ meeting to map out strategies of containing it once for all, he told reporters in Hola town on Wednesday.
He said he had asked the Coast Water Services Board to subject the water in reservoirs to laboratory tests with a view to establishing whether untreated water was the actual source of the outbreak.
My government has facilitated the establishment of mobile cholera treatment units in areas that have been hit by the disease to enable us to reach and treat cholera patients faster to prevent any further deaths, he said.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Kenya Red Cross Society, Germany Agro Action and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) intervened by supplying non food items to affected areas to help control the spread of the disease.
Source: Kenya News Agency