12 counties on alert as 147 hospitalised over Cholera outbreak


12 counties on alert as 147 hospitalised over Cholera outbreak
Medical practitioners attend to cholera patients inside a special ward at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

In Summary

  • The counties, according to a report from the Ministry of Health seen by Citizen Digital, are: Narok, Kajiado, Nairobi, Garissa, Mandera, Machakos, Embu, Wajir, Mombasa, Turkana, Makueni and Kisumu counties.
  • At least 4,961 cases of Cholera have been reported in Kenya since January this year, with 253 cases confirmed and 37 deaths; resulting in a case fatality rate of 0.8 percent.

Twelve counties have now been put on high alert following rising cases of Cholera outbreaks in several parts of the country.

The counties, according to a report from the Ministry of Health seen by Citizen Digital, are: Narok, Kajiado, Nairobi, Garissa, Mandera, Machakos, Embu, Wajir, Mombasa, Turkana, Makueni and Kisumu counties.

At least 4,961 cases of Cholera have been reported in Kenya since January this year, with 253 cases confirmed – 147 active – and 37 deaths.

The outbreak is said to be active in 4 counties namely; Nairobi, Garissa, Mandera and Turkana, while the others have reportedly managed to control it.

Nairobi County cases are majorly from Embakasi East, Embakasi West, Starehe, Ruaraka, Kibera, Lang’ata, Kasarani, Dagoretti North, Westlands and Kamukunji sub-counties.

Garissa County cases are from Hagadera and IFO refugee camps, while those of Turkana County are from Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Lopur in Turkana West sub-county.

A total of 17 cases have been reported in Mandera County, with 4 since confirmed.

The report comes as three people are also said to be hospitalised in Kirinyaga County with symptoms of Cholera, one already having tested positive.

Kirinyaga County Director of Health George Karoki said the trio is undergoing treatment in various hospitals where they were rushed after they started vomiting and complaining of stomach pains.

Mr. Karoki also advised residents to report to the nearest health facility if they notice Cholera-like symptoms, further urging residents to observe hygiene by drinking clean boiled water and washing hands after visiting toilets.

Additional reporting by Johnson Muriithi.

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