In Summary

  • The executive said plans were underway to hold a house to house campaign in Mandera East adding that the county has secured the other five sub counties against the disease.
  • Food kiosks in Mandera town remained closed for the second week as the county executive warned the public against staying with patients at home longer instead of seeking medication early.

Ten people have died of cholera and more than 700 infected in Mandera County in the past one month.

Sixty-three patients are currently admitted in a special ward at Mandera referral hospital suffering from the disease.

A Non-Governmental Organization has also set up a camp in the county to help mitigate the fast spreading epidemic.

County health executive Ahmed Sheikh said lack of clean water for consumption has increased the spread of the killer disease.

He said the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been invited to help fight the disease.

“This disease was first reported four weeks ago from someone who travelled to Mandera from Nairobi and now almost every village in Mandera East is affected,” he said.

“We have 63 patients in the isolation ward which is more than the capacity but together with MSF we are putting up a temporary cholera treatment centre,” said Mr Sheikh.

He said the temporary 60-bed ward now under construction at the main entrance to the referral hospital shall be well equipped.

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