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Alarm over cholera outbreak as eight cases reported in Homa Bay

Residents of Homa Bay town constituency have been put on high alert after eight cholera cases were reported.

The County Health Executive Member for Health Rosslyn Omollo said that the first case was reported in Marindi Sub County Hospital last week.

Homa Bay County Referral Hospital Chief Executive Officer Doctor Peter Ogola confirmed that five members of one family had been treated and discharged in the facility after testing positive.

He said two other cases, a man, and a woman were rushed to the facility with severe diarrhea and were currently under isolation after testing positive.

He said other suspected cases were tested for the disease and that the results were expected after 24 hours.

“Samples have been taken, hopefully, we will get results on the positivity in the next 48 hours”, Ogola said. He added that they were now setting up an isolation centre within the hospital compound.

The medic said temporary tents had been set up to serve suspected cases and that adequate measures had been taken to prevent further spread of the disease.

Speaking to the press in his office today, he assured the public that they were adequately prepared to deal with any emergencies related to the disease.

“I would like to tell everyone that whenever they see  symptoms  such as diarrhea and vomiting, they should rush to the nearby health centers for treatment to curb further spread”, he said.

He urged the citizens to ensure they wash their hands with soap and running water and maintain proper sanitation around their environment.

Ogola told the locals to wash fruits before consuming them and eat well-cooked foods.

By Violet Atieno and Langat Davis

 

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