Cholera outbreak kills 3 in Tigania, Meru County

Cholera outbreak kills 3 in Tigania, Meru County

Three people have died and more than 20 admitted in various hospitals following a cholera outbreak in Tigania West, Meru County.

Dozens of those affected were admitted at Ruiri Health Centre, Chaaria Mission Hospital, Meru Level Five Hospital and Isiolo hospital while many more face the risk owing to denial and poor response by authorities in the region.

“We have tried calling for help to find out what the disease is because we have lost people and we are wondering what is going on because people are dying from the hospital some from their homes and we would like the government to intervene,” said a Lairang’i resident.

Although county officials try to down play the outbreak, most of the cases have exhibited cholera symptoms.

 Meru County Health CEC Dr Eunice Kobia has since denied the reports further assuring area residents that a health personnel and public officers team have been dispatched to the affected areas to monitor the situation.

Kobia further cautioned people against consuming food stuff being sold by the road side by unlicensed vendors.

Locals now want the government to scale up medical emergency response to mitigate possible spread of the epidemic.

About 336 cases of cholera were treated since June forcing the government to close several hotels to contain the situation.

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Story By Martin Mwenda
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