Cholera Outbreak In Machakos Contained

No new cholera cases have been reported in Machakos in the past four days, County Executive Committe Member (CECM) for Health Dr Daniel Yumbya has disclosed. Yumbya however said six people out of the 51 cases reported have died of the disease since the outbreak on March 6. The CECM said of the total cases reported, 46 were from Mavoko Sub County while three were recorded in Matungulu and two in Kangundo sub counties. ‘Six patients are currently receiving treatment at both Machakos Level Five and Mavoko Level Four hospitals,’he said. Dr Yumbya, speaking yesterday to the press outside the governor’s office, attributed the decline of the cases to rapid response by the county government to contain the disease and prevent further spread. ‘The concerted efforts by the county government to distribute clean drinking water together with tablets and tracing of the patients has helped improve the situation,’said the CECM. Pointing out that hawking of food remains banned, Dr Yumbya asked residents to ensure that food is cooked thoroughly and avoid open defacation to curb the disease. ‘We are also asking residents to report any suspected cases. All our health facilities are on alert and have enough medication for cholera. We are also expecting a consignment of further drugs from KEMSA starting next week,’ disclosed the CECM.

Source: Kenya News Agency