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Meru Health Officer ban food hawking over cholera cases

Two cases of cholera have been confirmed in Meru County following laboratory tests of eight suspected cases in the region.

This is according to the County Acting Chief Officer for Health Dr Joseph Mukundi who while confirming the cases urged the locals to observe proper hygiene to curb the further spread of the disease.

“The general public is at this moment advised to take prevention and control measures that include proper use of clean toilets, hand-washing with soap and running water, proper cooking of foods, thorough cleaning of fruits and vegetables as well as consumption of safe water,” said Mukundi.

Food hawking in the county has been suspended following the outbreak. “It is further directed that no cooking of food in the streets or roadsides. Food hawking is not allowed under the public health act Cap 242 and the food, drugs and chemical substances Act cap 254 laws of Kenya. All food premises must comply with stipulated health regulations,” said Mukundi.

Residents experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting have also been asked to visit the nearest health facility for diagnosis. This comes as more than 60 cases were reported in different counties across the country with Murang’a being the latest to report five instances.

Acting Director General for Health Dr Patrick Amoth said the ministry was on high alert to curb the spread. Amoth urged county health officers to ensure all cases were reported for proper healthcare attention.

By Dickson Mwiti

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