Cholera is in Nairobi.
9 other counties have also reported cholera-related cases in recent days.
There, Nairobi, Garissa and Machakos recorded the highest number of cases.
This was disclosed by Acting Health Services Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth during the launch of Kenya’s Status Report on infection prevention and control in health care facilities launch, in Machakos County.
Dr. Amoth revealed that all the 17 sub-counties of Nairobi had reported cases of cholera outbreak with a total of 1,094 cases reported nationally and 25 fatalities.
He said that the national government in partnership with all the 47 county governments has however, developed infection prevention control measures including diagnostics to curb the spread of the disease.
He tasked health stakeholders to come up with a scaled-up plan for further assessment in order to cover more counties and health facilities and a road map towards the completion of the Kenya Healthcare facilities and hand washing guidelines and standards.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 10 people with cholera will experience severe symptoms, which, in the early stages, include:
- profuse watery diarrhea, sometimes described as “rice-water stools”
- leg cramps
- restlessness or irritability
The Kenya Status Report on infection prevention and control, basic hygiene and handwashing services is the first edition of 2022 to be launched in the country.
The assessment was carried out in seven counties including Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado, Kisumu, Nyamira, Nakuru and Homabay counties.
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