216 people confirmed killed by cholera in Kenya

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A total of 216 deaths had been reported nationally since the cholera outbreak was reported in Kenya in December last year, a senior government official has confirmed.

Out of the affected 28 counties, 16 have managed to successfully contain the outbreak of the disease.

“Out of the 13,299 cases reported, 1,552 were laboratory confirmed,” the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Nicholas Muraguri said in an interview.

He however revealed that even though the disease continues being reported in some parts of the country, no death has been reported in the past one week.

Muraguri noted that multiple peaks have been observed as the outbreak spreads to new counties since it was first reported in Nairobi, showing propagated transmission.

“There are 103 current admissions in North Eastern, Central and Western Kenya health facilities and they are expected to be discharged soon,” Muraguri added.

A total of 259 new cases were reported in the last one week in various health facilities in parts of the country.

H said that the Ministry has launched surveillance in the community to ensure new cases are timely detected and household water treatment supply and dosing of wells with chlorine is being undertaken.

The government is also up-scaling solid and human waste management in Wajir and Garissa in North Eastern Kenya besides conducting monthly community clean-up campaigns and disinfecting sanitary facilities.

Unhygienic food outlets have been closed in the process as demonstrations on hand washing by use of leaky tins and tippy taps in the community and local schools is being carried out.

“We are doing case management, contact tracing and provision of chemoprophylaxis to contacts and the affected counties have identified health facilities and set up Cholera Treatment Units (CTUs) for case management,” he added.

Muraguri added that all the affected counties are submitting updated line lists on a daily basis and progress reports on a weekly basis.

He said that since the outbreak, technical support teams from the Ministry headquarters have been camping at the affected counties.

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