Nairobi Admits 14 Cholera Patients, Authorities Spell Preventive Measures

Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi where 6 infected patients were treated. Photo : Google Px

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – A cholera outbreak has been confirmed in Kenya with more than 10 cases already diagnosed positive in the capital, Nairobi, ADV learnt here Thursday.

Media sources confirmed that the outbreak of the disease was reported in the capital since two weeks ago.

Local media reports quoted Nairobi County Health Chief Officer Washington Makodingo as saying that “so far, 14 patients with cholera symptoms have been admitted to different hospitals in Nairobi since City Hall issued an alert last week warning of a possible outbreak.

“I can confirm that 14 cases of cholera have been reported in various health facilities with some of the patients having being treated and discharged,” said Dr Makodingo Thursday while appearing before the Nairobi County Assembly Health Committee.

“I can confirm that 14 cases of cholera have been reported in various health facilities with some of the patients having being treated and discharged,” said Dr Makodingo Thursday while appearing before the Nairobi County Assembly Health Committee.

The Daily Nation newspaper quoted him explaining that last week, Pumwani Maternity Hospital recorded six cases of cholera with patients who were admitted coming from other parts of the capital.

“Once the patients were admitted and the doctors proceeded to do tests to determine whether they were susceptible to cholera and all of them tested positive.

“We urge residents to take preventive measures including treating their water, cooking and washing food properly as well as properly washing their hands to avoid cases of cholera especially now that there is a water shortage,” he added.

Dr Makodingo said the county health department has moved swiftly to curb the spread of the disease.

Cholera is an epidemic-prone diarrheal disease of global significance. The disease is endemic in Kenya and the country experienced large, widespread outbreaks in 1997-1999 and in 2007-2010 [1]. Between 2011 and 2014 there was a dramatic decrease in the number of reported cholera cases in Kenya

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