Two more cholera infections reported

Two new cholera infections have been reported in Embu County, bringing the number of infections in the County to 27 in the last one week.

County Director of Medical services Dr. Stephen Kaniaru said the two, from Mbeere North and Embu West Sub Counties got the infections Wednesday and are receiving treatment at the Embu Level 5 Hospital.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting today, he said the patients confessed of drinking untreated water adding that has become a challenge due to the rains that increase contamination.

The first infections were reported on Friday and by Tuesday, two people had died and another 26 admitted suffering from cholera.

Kaniaru said 17 of those patients have already been treated and discharged adding that 10 from Embu and another three from Kirinyaga Counties are still undergoing treatment.

He said they have set up four cholera treatment units in Embu Level 5 hospital to help out in Embu West, Kiritiri market for Mbeere South, Runyenjes for Embu East and Siakago market for Mbeere North Sub Counties.

He added that water samples from the main rivers have already been taken to the water management authority and Government Chemist for analysis to establish if it was the cause of the infections.

He said the infections have been spread across the county making it a challenge especially in areas that draw water from rivers and wells.

The County health department has since banned food hawking in the county and have increased surveillance in areas known to be hotspots, especially in Mbeere region to address the situation.

Sensitisation forums have also been enhanced and water treatment chemicals distributed to residents to reduce cases of drinking untreated water.

Residents have also complained of poor sanitation and uncollected garbage in the estates, putting them into risks of contracting the disease, with the county Environment department being blamed for laxity.

In 2015, two people died and several others were hospitalised after a cholera outbreak in Mbeere South Sub Counties.

Source: Kenya News Agency