Health CS announces cholera outbreak in Nairobi

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 6 May, 2022 10:50 | 2 mins read
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has congratulated Kenyan nurse Anna Qabale for winning the global nursing award PHOTO/Courtesy
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. PHOTO/MoH/Twitter

The Ministry of Health has announced a cholera outbreak in Kamukunji area of Nairobi amid calls for the members of the public to observe hygiene guidelines.

Health CS Mutahi on Cholera outbreak
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe at a past function. PHOTO | FILE

Speaking at Kitengela Vaccine depot when he launched the distribution of 21 customized vehicles to counties to aid in the distribution of vaccines, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Kamukunji has been zoned to avert further spread.

Kagwe said the area has reported several cases of cholera raising alarm and prompting the Ministry of Health to take urgent measures to curb the further spread.

Cholera vs Covid-19

Kagwe says that since Covid-19 safety measures were relaxed, Kenyans have compromised hygiene and proper sanitization.

"There was no single case of cholera during the height of the Covid 19 pandemic. The level of hygiene was a notch higher. People have gone back to the culture of not washing hands and sanitizing. We are already feeling the itch because Kamukunji, Nairobi has recorded cases of a cholera outbreak, "he said.

Kagwe on cholera outbreak
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. PHOTO/File

The CS said although the cases are not severe, rapid severe measures must be put in place to curb the menace.

He noted that some counties are still grappling with poor sanitization and open defecation exposing their population to a health hazard.

Cholera outbreak. CS Mutahi Kagwe speaks
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. PHOTO/Courtesy

He also commended some counties including Kisumu County over vigorous efforts to fight open defecation.

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