Kenya

Three cholera cases reported in Gilgil

In Summary

Nakuru County Public Health Officer said the cases were not attributable to El Niño and that initial investigations indicated it was an issue of hygiene.

By MACHARIA MWANGI

Three cholera cases have been confirmed at Kasarani area in Gilgil constituency, Nakuru County.

The victims were members of the same family, according to the Nakuru County Public Health Officer Samuel King’ori.

He, however, said the cases were not attributable to El Niño, saying initial investigations indicated it was an issue of hygiene.

“There is no flooding in the area thus making it unlikely that the confirmed cases are associated with El Nino,” said Mr King’ori.

Mr King’ori said they had sent a team of medical personnel to monitor the situation with a medical camp having been set up.

“We have already isolated the victims and we are continuing with the normal procedures of disinfecting residential buildings occupied by the victims before issuing chlorine tabs to locals living in the area,” added the County Health boss.

Naivasha Sub-County Medical Officer of Health, Dr Oren Ombiro said one of the victims was undergoing treatment at the sub county hospital.

He said most of the latrines in the area are shallow which might have led to the cholera outbreak. Health education in the affected places will be conducted.