In Summary
  • Tana Delta sub county commissioner Mike Kimoko on Friday said the outbreak was due to poor hygiene after making impromptu tour of villages severely affected.
  • A section of people living around fish market, Jua Kali and Tulu villages admitted to the team that they were defecating in the bushes while others share toilets with their neighbours.

Five more people have died from Cholera in Tana Delta Sub County, raising the number killed by the disease to over 20 since the outbreak was reported in the county in December last year.

Tana Delta Sub-County Commissioner Mike Kimoko on Friday said the outbreak was due to poor hygiene after making impromptu tour of villages severely affected.

While confirming that five people had died this week within the sub-county, Mr Kimoko blamed public health officers of sleeping on their job.

Mr Kimoko said his unplanned visit was precipitated by the deaths of more than 15 people since December last year within his sub county.

“We have a responsibility to ensure our people live in a healthy environment,” he added.

He said his team will compile a report which will be shared with relevant authorities, including Tana River County Government and provide an urgent solution.

“The health function has been fully devolved and we believe public health officers should be properly facilitated to carry out their mandate, otherwise we risk losing many more people,” he said.

He lamented that the toilet coverage in the sub county was poor, with only one out of 10 homesteads in some areas having pit latrines.

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