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Fresh cholera outbreak leaves 30 hospitalised

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• In Siaya’s Ugunja Sub-County, 24 people were admitted following a second cholera outbreak in less than a month.
• Three children and a similar number of adults were treated for the disease in three hospitals in neighbouring Vihiga.

By NELCON ODHIAMBO
By DERICK LUVEGA

Thirty people were on Friday treated for cholera in Siaya and Vihiga counties.

In Siaya’s Ugunja Sub-County, 24 people were admitted following a second cholera outbreak in less than a month.

Three children and a similar number of adults were treated for the disease in three hospitals in neighbouring Vihiga County.

So far, 146 cases have been reported in Siaya since May last year, a situation health officials blame on poor hygiene, eating of poorly cooked food at funerals and lack of latrines in many households.

According to Dr Bernard Onguche of Ambira Sub-District Hospital in Siaya, 10 patients were admitted at Ligega Health Centre, seven at Sigomere dispensary while others were taken to Ambira Sub-District Hospital.

Dr Onguche said: “We had a cholera outbreak barely three weeks ago but this time it has moved to Ligega and Sigomere, which are far apart.”