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Cholera Outbreak Looms in Murang’a

Four patients have been admitted in Murang’a Level 5 hospital after they tested positive of cholera.

Three of the patients among them an eight -year old child, are held in an isolation room but are in stable conditions while one, a man is said to be in critical conditions.

The patients from Kayole and Mjini areas within Murang’a town were admitted in the facility on Thursday and following a series of tests, they were confirmed to have cholera.

In a letter by the county public health officer Muthui Gitonga, the disease surveillance officer has taken necessary measures as control treatment unit is being setup.

patients at the waiting bay

He said residents from the areas where the cholera cases were reported are being tested to ensure disease does not spread.

“Public health officers have been mobilized and deployed to contain the situation before the disease spreads. Those who are admitted are showing some improvement,” noted Gitonga.

Members of the public have been warned against taking food from unhealthy food points, especially from hawkers.

The department of health has also embarked on a crack down on food hawking and illegal food plants within Murang’a to ensure their hygienic condition.

“Members of public are advised to ensure they take food from food points approved by health department. They should also remembers that hawking of food may lead to fast spread of the disease,” stated Gitonga.

Last year, a man died in Maragua from cholera as cases of the disease were reported at Kabati area which forced the county government establish an isolated treatment area at Nguthuru.

Some residents who talked to KNA expressed fear of an outbreak of cholera pleading with the health officers to move fast and contain the situation.

“Delay in collection of garbage may have contributed to outbreak of the disease and we request relevant authorities to ensure garbage is collected more frequent so as to provide clean environment for residents,” noted one of the residents, Kamau Mwangi.

By Bernard Munyao

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