In Summary

  • At least 50 people were admitted in ward 1F, most of them from diverse parts of Nairobi County.

  • With patients drawn from all over Nairobi, there seems to be no safe place as the cases are sporadic and not concentrated in one place.

  • Researchers have estimated that, every year, there are 1.3 million to 4 million cases of cholera, which cause 21,000 to 143,000 deaths.

Your regular bite of fruit could lead to a cholera infection, doctors warned on Monday, barely 24 hours after two patients died of the disease at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

At least 50 people were admitted in ward 1F, most of them from diverse parts of Nairobi County.

“We have patients from Kileleshwa, Githurai, Kawangware, Pipeline, Mukuru kwa Njenga and Embakasi South,” said a nurse at the hospital’s emergency wing, which is now awash with patients suffering from cholera.

With patients drawn from all over Nairobi, there seems to be no safe place as the cases are sporadic and not concentrated in one place.

SHORTAGE OF STAFF

And although the hospital said there were no cases of sick healthcare providers, it was battling with a shortage of staff.

“Nurses, just like other people, are scared of cholera so much that they have refused to be booked for locums,” said a source at the referral facility.

“I usually have too many nurses asking for locums that I do not know who to give and who to turn down.

“Now we are literally begging them to come.”

In healthcare lingo, locum means holding a temporary position as a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

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