Twenty in hospital after cholera outbreak at the Baringo, Nakuru border

By: ERIC MATARA

Twenty people have been admitted to Mogotio Health Centre in Rongai Sub-County, Nakuru following a cholera outbreak at the border of Baringo and Nakuru counties.

County director of Public Health and Sanitation Dr Joseph Lenai who confirmed the outbreak Wednesday, said that all the infected patients, among them 11 females and 9 males, had been quarantined and put under close observation by medics.

“No fatalities have been reported so far. We have mobilised our public health staff and launched an aggressive campaign to contain the disease,” the official said.

TEAM DISPATCHED

Dr Lenai further said that a preventive team had been dispatched to various villages in the region including the affected area to educate residents on the need to treat drinking water as well as desist from open defecation.

“A special observation ward and centre has been set aside to attend to cholera cases.

“I urge members of the public to visit the nearest health facility once they notice diarrhoea or vomiting signs,” said Dr Lenai.

According to the officer, the shortage of pit latrines in villages bordering Molo River had led to contamination of water leading to the outbreak.

Dr Kipsang Marachio, the deputy director of preventive and control services in neighbouring Baringo said the two counties were working together to contain further spread of the disease.

PREVENT FURTHER INFECTIONS

On his part, Mr Peter Rokamal from the department of disease surveillance and epidemic response unit in the Ministry of Health said the national government had partnered with county health staff to prevent further infections.

“We will be holding a meeting with health officials from Baringo and Nakuru counties to deliberate on how to contain infections that may arise out of the expected El-Nino rains,” he said.

The health officials urged heads of primary and secondary schools as well as colleges in the counties to be on high alert to avert possible cholera outbreaks when it rains.

They advised residents to maintain high standards of hygiene and to only drink treated water.

More than 15 deaths were reported in Nakuru in May 2015 in a cholera outbreak that hit various slums in the county.