Cholera alert as 17 hospitalised in Embu

Embu town
Embu town

The Embu County health department has indefinitely banned the hawking of food as well as mass feeding in weddings, burials and other social ceremonies after 17 people were hospitalised with Cholera.

The County Executive in charge of health, Dr. Jamleck Muturi, said ban was issued as one of the measures to curb the spread of the water borne disease, calling upon all residents who exhibit Cholera-like symptoms to visit the nearest hospital.

“Sources of disease have been identified as water which includes boreholes, rivers and rain water.  Majority of the victims have been treated in Embu Level Five, Runyenjes and Kiritiri Level Four Hospitals,” said Dr. Muturi.

Embu County Health Director Peter Kanjaru confirmed that 10 of the 17 have been admitted in isolated wards in the hospitals, while seven have since been treated and discharged.

“People should be vigilante to ensure that they boil their drinking water first before using it, so as to help the county fight this outbreak,” added Dr. Kanjaru.

The county is currently offering free aqua tabs for residents to treat their water.

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