Medics attending to the cholera patient in KNH 2017 Photo/Fred Mutune

Healthcare centres in Nairobi county have been directed to reactivate their cholera treatment units.

This is after the County Health Office confirmed cholera outbreak on March 20th.

According to the county director of health Dr Lucina Koyio, Nairobi county has been experiencing a wave of cholera outbreak.

“All sub counties should be on high alert and treat all suspected cases of cholera as cholera cases. Please also reactivate your sub county response team,” said Dr Koyio.

This comes after four people were tested positive of cholera disease in Kitengela town which is located approximately 30km from the capital city.

The Public Health Department in Kitengela, Kajiado County issued cholera alert to the residents advising them on taking necessary precautions to avoid contracting the killer disease.

Cases of contaminated water and diarrhea have also been reported in Mavoko sub county in Machakos County situated around 29km from Nairobi city.

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“You are hereby advised to treat all drinking and production water before use. Kindly report to this office and advise your staff to visit the nearest health facility in cases of diarrhea,” said Mavoko Sub-county Public Health Officer.

Last month, fears of cholera outbreak rose in Nairobi City centre after tap water in at least four building were found to be contaminated with sewerage.

The employees working in I&M, Pioneer, Post Bank and Rahena buildings were warned of using or drinking tap water. The issue was later addressed by Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company.

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Reports by Reliefweb cite that in January 2019 new cholera outbreak was reported in Narok County with a Case Fatality Rate of 2.8 percent. In the reported 71 cases, four were confirmed to be cholera as two people succumbed.

Last year, the Ministry of Health announced that about 75 people died of cholera after a series of outbreaks across the country.





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