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Three die of cholera in Siaya

Three people have died of cholera in the past one week in Siaya County.

The area CECM for health Dr. Martin Konyango confirmed that all the deaths occurred at Bondo sub county hospital, with the latest taking place on Tuesday.

Addressing the media in his office in Siaya town, Dr. Konyango who was flanked by the county chief officer for health, Dr. Omondi Owino and epidemiologist, Mr. Joseph Okuto said the other two deaths occurred on 17th and 18th of this month.

He said that so far, 92 cases of cholera have been reported in the county in the last one month, most of whom have been treated and discharged from the public hospitals.

“Of the 92, nine are still admitted in various Cholera Treatment Units spread across the three sub counties of Rarieda, Bondo and Ugenya,” said the county executive committee member for health.

He said that the department has identified Manyuanda in west Uyoma and Oyamo Island in Lake Victoria as the epicenters of the disease, saying efforts were being made to prevent contagion.

He said that his department was using community health volunteers to help in the war against the spread of the disease, adding that they have also distributed chlorine to the communities to help treat water for domestic use.

Dr. Konyango called for support from the community, saying all must embrace use of toilets and ensure high standards of hygiene.

He called on the public to ensure that anyone who shows symptoms of acute diarrhoea is rushed to nearby health facilities for treatment.

By Philip Onyango

 

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