Two dead, 20 hospitalised after suspected cholera outbreak in Murang’a


Thika Level Five Hospital.
Thika Level Five Hospital.

In Summary

  • Two people died while scores of others are admitted at Thika Level Five Hospital following a suspected Cholera outbreak at Kiunyu village in Gatanga, Murang'a County.
  • Preliminary reports by health officials in the County indicated that the victims could have taken contaminated water.
  • Thika Level Five Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr Patrick Nyaga said they were working with the doctors to establish what the patients are suffering from before giving a full report.

Two people died while scores of others are admitted at Thika Level Five Hospital following a suspected Cholera outbreak at Kiunyu village in Gatanga, Murang’a County.

At least 20 patients were admitted at the hospital on Sunday morning after developing symptoms such as stomach ache, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Preliminary reports by health officials in the County indicated that the victims could have taken contaminated water.

There has been concern about the scarcity of water in the county in the recent months with a majority of homes in the county having to contend with water rationing or fetching it from springs.

Peter Ng’ang’a Kamau, one of the residents of Nyaga village, said the patients had not taken a similar meal, hence, it was suspected that they consumed contaminated water from Gathwariga River where the residents draw their water.

Muranga County Acting Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation Dr Kanyi Gitau said the first batch of patients was brought to Thika Level Five Hospital two weeks ago with similar symptoms, with more than 15 other patients being admitted on Sunday morning.

“Although we are liaising with doctors at Thika Level Five Hospital, we have set up a screening center at Kiunyu village to prevent more referrals as they may die or their condition worsen before they arrive to the hospital,” said Dr. Gitau noting that the two who died had not arrived at the medical facility.

The hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Patrick Nyaga, said they were working with the doctors to establish what the patients are suffering from before giving a full report.

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