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Garissa on high alert over resurgence of cholera outbreak

Garissa residents have been urged to continue observing high levels of sanitation to prevent the resurgence of cholera, which had gone down in the last few weeks.

Health officials in the County fear that inter-county transmission of cholera might arise, especially due to holiday travels, taking the cases in areas where the disease had been controlled.

Yesterday, health officials in Kitui County said that they had reported most of their cases from people travelling from the neighbouring Tana River and Garissa counties.

Speaking to press at his office, Garissa County Acting Chief Officer for Health, Mohammed Salat, noted that the County in collaboration with other partners had handled the outbreak well and contained the disease from spreading.

“We have prepositioned supplies, drugs, testing kits and enough staff to the cholera treatment centers to help manage the outbreak as it is supposed to be,” Salat said.

“We are advising our people to dispose-off their waste the right way, cook their food in a clean environment and also boil their drinking water,” he added.

Salat said that 1,724 persons have been treated and discharged since the outbreak in October last year while 11 people succumbed to the disease.

Currently, only 42 cases of cholera are active in hospitals, with 33 of them in the refugee camps in Dadaab and nine in Lagdera Sub-county.

By Abdulhamid Suleiman

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