In Summary
  • One staff member died on Tuesday when the disease broke out at hospital.
  • City Hall confirmed outbreak of the disease in Nairobi County on March 20.
  • The county government alerted all referral hospitals within the Nairobi metropolitan area to reactivate cholera treatment units.

The number of The Nairobi Hospital staff infected with cholera has risen to 52.

The hospital’s communication officer Tom Simba on Thursday said the number rose after the management examined all the staff who were on duty on Tuesday, the day the outbreak was first reported.

1 DEAD

On that day, the hospital said it had handled a total of 23 cases, eight involving workers at the catering department, since the start of April.

It was also reported that a male worker succumbed to the water-borne disease on Tuesday morning after what his colleagues said was "a short illness."

The hospital’s cafeteria has been closed indefinitely as the management battles to contain the spread of the outbreak.

A source privy to the information and who requested anonymity because he is not authorised to issue press statements on Tuesday said they have been treating cholera cases on a daily basis.

“The hospital has been handling cholera cases day in day out but now there is an outbreak and the staff are affected. We are treating it seriously. The investigation is on,” said the source.

But in a statement, the hospital’s management on Tuesday denied any internal outbreak, meaning the cases could have come for outside.

“There is an upsurge of cholera cases in Nairobi. We have had several cases admitted in our hospital,” said the statement.

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