Hundreds of patients being treated for Cholera in Nairobi

A total of 336 people are receiving treatment for the 'poor man's disease' following an outbreak in the City.

Kenyatta Hospital
Kenyatta Hospital. /COURTESY

The County Government of Nairobi has finally confirmed the fear that indeed the city has been hit by an outbreak of the deadly Cholera disease.

Through a statement by County Government Health Executive, Bernard Muia, on Saturday, July 15, about 33 patients are currently admitted at various hospitals in the capital after testing positive for the disease.

Bernard Muia
County Government Health Executive, Bernard Muia. PHOTO: CITIZENDIGITAL

The 33 patients had attended the Trade Expo at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on Wednesday, July 12 which also led to the hospitalisation of two CSs, Adan Mohamed (Industrialization) and Henry Rotich (Finance).

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336 cases of cholera have so far been reported in Nairobi in the last two months, has learnt.

The county health boss also denied reports that some Kenyans had died of Cholera, clarifying that those being treated for the disease are recovering well.

“Those admitted are recovering well, we have no fatalities and according to the latest report they are doing well,” Muia noted.

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He added that the county government has now banned open air cooking in Nairobi to prevent further spread of Cholera saying that tough measures will be applied to ensure outside caterers adhere to health standards.

“Those sources of food particularly the outsourced ones should not serve food at any event until the cooking of that food has been checked by a public health officer and given a go ahead,” he said.

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Just recently, a Cholera outbreak was reported at at the Weston Hotel which is associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

Before then, guests attending a wedding in Karen, Nairobi fell sick and were diagnosed with the disease with three fatalities reported.