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Kajiado on high alert as cholera case is confirmed

Public  Health officials in Kajiado  are on high alert to avert a possible outbreak of cholera after one case was confirmed  at the Kajiado County Referral Hospital.

The  County  Director  of  Medical Services (CDMS), Dr. Ezekiel Kapkoni, confirmed that the hospital received the patient, who had  been referred from another facility in Kitengela town.

“Immediately she said she had been diagnosed with cholera strains at the Kitengela  hospital, we isolated her together  with  another person who had accompanied her,” said Kapkoni on Thursday.

Earlier reports,  indicated that as soon as the patient arrived at the hospital and announced her status, all the nurses and  patients at the reception ran in different directions.

It  took  the  effort  of  senior nurses and medical doctors to clear the area and order for disinfection of the entire place  before business resumed.

The  patient, according to an eye witness at the hospital was accompanied by a man and they were together rushed to a TB  manyata outside the hospital’s gate for observation.

The  CDMS  said the patient is responding well to treatment, but accused the doctors and administrators at
the  Kitengela Medical Services of risking lives by releasing a confirmed cholera patient to mingle with other members  of  the public.

“They  should  have  isolated the patient and asked for support from us. This is a serious lapse in management of the  highly  infectious case. She endangered her life and those of the passengers she travelled with in a matatu to Kajiado town,” said  Kapkoni.

However, Kapkoni gave assurance that the case has been contained and the patient was responding well to drugs.

He  confirmed  that  man who escorted the woman is under observation, but the fate of the people who travelled with them  in a  matatu from Kitengela to Kajiado remains unknown.

But   the Kitengela Medical Services administrator, Moses  Saningo, absolved himself from blame, noting that the doctors  separated the alleged patient from other sick people, but as they were organizing for an ambulance to take her  to  the  referral hospital in Kajiado, she disappeared.

“When  the hospital ambulance to take her to Kajiado arrived, she was nowhere to be found,”Saniango explained.

Meanwhile, the health department has urged locals to practice proper food hygiene and sanitation and report all cases  of   diarrhoea to medical facilities for immediate investigation and treatment.

By  Rop  Janet

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