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18 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Lamu County has achieved 106 per cent reach of children immunized against polio in the just-concluded first phase of the campaign targeting those below five years.

Before the five-day campaign started, the Lamu County Health department had announced that it was targeting at least 95 per cent success rate, which translates to about 21,217 children.

11 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By KALUME KAZUNGU

The Lamu County Health department is targeting at least 21,217 children under the age of five years for polio immunization campaign starting Wednesday.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday, Health chief officer Said Bwanamkuu said the exercise will end on Sunday.

Apart from Lamu, the campaign will also be conducted in other 11 counties, namely: Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kiambu, Kitui, Machakos, Mandera, Meru, Nairobi, Tana River and Wajir.

05 Jul 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By Stephen Oduor

Victims of flood in Tana River County who have been living in camps for nearly three months say their plight has been forgotten.

Speaking to journalists, the residents, mostly from Charachara, Onkolde and Handaraku camps, said they have gone without food for three months now as the national government and the county governments had stopped supplying them.

26 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Isiolo Livestock chief officer says 25 samples tested positive for RVF
  • Meru Livestock chief officer says region is on high alert following the outbreak in Isiolo and is mulling a quarantine in the grazing areas.
  • Tharaka Nithi, Mandera , Lamu, Garissa, Kajiado and Baringo considered at risk of contracting the disease.

By Vivian Jebet and David Muchui

Isiolo veterinary department has closed all slaughterhouses and livestock markets for two weeks following an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever(RVF).

20 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Rift Valley fever a disease that mainly affects livestock.

  • More than 20 goats in the Tana Delta have been affected by the outbreak.

  • Residents have also been encouraged to use mosquito nets.

By STEPHEN ODUOR | RUSHDIE OUDIA

The outbreak of Rift Valley Fever has hit Tana River County leading to a quarantine in Dhidhe Ade.

More than 20 goats in the Tana Delta have been affected by the outbreak.

11 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

Health Executive Mwanajuma Hiribae said the patients are suspected to have drank contaminated water from a well.

She blamed the recent floods, which affected water supply to Madogo after Kenya Power disconnected electricity, leaving residents drinking contaminated water.

In Mombasa, residents are grappling with a recurrence of dengue fever and chikungunya.

By STEPHEN ODUOR

A man has died of cholera at an isolation centre in Madogo, Tana River, in the latest outbreak of the disease in the county.

11 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

Mandera Director for Veterinary Services Claudio Sortum said no incident had been reported in the county, but the outbreak in Wajir is worrying.

Mr Sortum called on residents in areas bordering Wajir to be on the lookout for signs of the disease, which affects both livestock and humans.

He said the county would set aside an emergency fund to prevent any eventuality.

By MANASE OTSIALO

Mandera is on high alert following the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, which has claimed four lives in the neighbouring Wajir County.

09 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By BRUHAN MAKONG

Wajir County department of Health has banned meat and milk consumption in Eldas and Wajir West sub-counties after an outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF).

This is after one of two human samples sent to Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) tested positive for the virus.

Four people have died since the outbreak of the virus that has hit Basir, Eldas sub-county while four others are currently hospitalised.

05 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
- The disease which is mosquito-borne has been reported in Lakoley and Basir areas in Eldas sub-county.
- Wajir County is among the 17 counties that were earlier reported to be at a risk of RVF outbreak.
- The disease was first isolated in Kenya’s Rift Valley in 1931 and has since caused a lot of deaths of animals and humans.

By BRUHAN MAKONG

Two people have died in Wajir County in a suspected Rift Valley fever (RVF) outbreak which has been partly blamed on the heavy rains experienced in the county in the last few weeks.

17 May 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • At least 242 people who have been at the camp for almost a month are suffering from diarrhoea.

  • 265 have skin infections and 278 hit by acute respiratory infections.

By Mohamed Ahmed

About 700 flood victims living in camps in Tana River County have been hit by an outbreak of acute diarrhoea, skin and respiratory infections.

At least 242 people are suffering from diarrhoea, 265 from skin infections and 278 have contracted acute respiratory infections.

15 May 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By MARY WAMBUI

At least 25 people are admitted to two Kiambu hospitals following a cholera outbreak in Githurai, Kiamumbi and Riabai areas.

Some 22 patients are at Kiambu Level Five Hospital while three were admitted to Thika Level Five Hospital on Monday evening.

35 CASES

The patients, according to Thika Level Five medical superintendent Patrick Nyaga, include a mother and her three children.

Dr Nyaga said the mother and her two children came from Githurai 44 in Nairobi County.

29 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By STANLEY KIMUGE

More than 300 families have been displaced in Nandi following a landslide.

When the Nation team visited parts of Tinderet on Friday, we met several children and women camping at the Cherondo Primary School. Some of the children were sleeping in the classrooms.

Apart from Cherondo village, other areas affected include Kapchanga in the neighbouring Nandi Hills constituency.

Sharon Kogo recounted how the horrifying incident happened over the last weekend following heavy downpour pounding the region.

28 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Other areas that have experienced landslides are Gathaithi, Lower Kambirwa, Mugoiri, Kinyona and Gitugi.
  • Those injured in the mudslide were rushed to Muriranjas Hospital.
  • Mr Kandie has called on people of goodwill to help the affected families.

By NDUNG’U GACHANE

Four people have died following a mudslide in Inooi village in Kiharu Constituency, Murang’a County on Friday night while 10 others were injured after a landslide swept their homes.

23 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary
- According to the Kenya Red Cross, three people died as a result of floods in Meru, Laikipia and Nyeri counties.
- About 160 families in Nyeri and Kirinyaga counties have been left homeless after floods swept away their houses.
- In Marsabit, about 50,000 people are stranded in several villages in Moyale after a road linking them to the border town was cut off by floods.

By NATION TEAM

Heavy rains continue to leave a trail death and destruction in several counties.

22 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ANGELA OKETCH

In Summary

  • Community health worker Jessica Ajikon urged residents to use mobile toilets supplied by the county.

  • WaterAid, an intervention non-profit organisation, said millions of Kenyans still lack access to safe water.

Lack of toilets and poor hygiene in most restaurants in Turkana County have been blamed for increasing cases of cholera that have so far claimed three lives with 78 others hospitalised.

19 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By GAITANO PESSA

Four people have been hospitalised following cholera outbreak in Busia County.

County Health Executive Phaustine Barasa on Wednesday confirmed that two of the patients had been treated at Port Victoria Sub-County Hospital and discharged. She added that two more were treated at Rukala Health Centre in Bunyala sub-county.

“No deaths or new admissions have been reported, while those in the wards have stabilised,” said Mrs Barasa.

She added that active surveillance of the disease was on-going.

CONTAMINATED WATER

18 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

They said raw sewer and garbage from the nearby fish market had contaminated water in the stream.

Residents linked the outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting to contaminated water from a nearby stream.

A team of public health officers had been sent to the estate to investigate a possible cholera outbreak in the slum inhabited by more than 600 people.

By BENSON AMADALA

28 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ERIC MATARA

At least five cases of cholera have been reported in Naivasha town.

The patients from Kihoto, an informal settlement in the town, are undergoing treatment at Naivasha Sub-County hospital even as the county health department remains quiet on the matter.

A public health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, told the Nation that the patients were responding well to treatment.

18 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By STEPHEN ODUOR

The cholera outbreak in Tana River has been contained, county executive member for health has said.

Speaking to the Nation, Ms Mwanajuma Haboka said only five patients were admitted to the county’s cholera treatment unit in Bura with two new cases reported in Daba.

The two patients have been referred to Hola District Hospital where they are being treated.

She also said that the 251 people who had been infected had so far been treated and were discharged from the various treatment units in stable condition.

14 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By STEPHEN ODUOR

The number of people suspected to be infected with cholera in Tana River County has risen to 242 as the county health personnel continue to investigate the source of infection.

Health officers in Tana River County are yet to establish the source of the disease, more than a month since it was first reported.

The county director of Health, Dr Oscar Endekwa said seven more cases were confirmed Wednesday.

Dr Endekwa said water samples have been taken to Mombasa for testing.