Ministry of Health accused of laxity as 12 people of Cholera in Mandera

The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) has expressed its concern over the number of people who die of cholera in the country after 12 people were reported to have died following the re-emergence of cholera in Mandera County.

In a press statement released Friday, the union accused the Ministry of Health of not acting swiftly on the matter despite the Governor’s call for urgent support.

They stated that the country has lost 230 people to cholera with 14000 being infected in about 18 counties in the country since 2015.

“The gesture of disbursing drugs and medical equipment to fight cholera by the ministry of health without providing the technical human resource is a political gimmick and an insult to the suffering Kenyans,” read the statement in part.

According to KUCO, the failure to contain such easily manageable infectious diseases clearly demonstrates misplaced priorities by the counties, and an uncoordinated effort by the National government –indications of a failure in public health and emergency responses systems in the counties.

KUCO has also called on the concerned authorities to address the failures urgently in order to mitigate the more morbidity and mortality, pointing community sensitization as a major tool to contain cholera and any other infectious disease.

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