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.
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.
By NDUNGU GACHANE
Mr Mbai said the disease was spread through drinking contaminated water from River Gathwariga.
Families of the victims want the county to offer them financial assistance to bury their relatives.
Three more people have died following a cholera outbreak in Kiunyu village in Gatanga, bringing the number of fatalities to five.
Murang’a Health executive Joseph Mbai said two people passed away on Tuesday and one on Thursday.
By STEPHEN ODUOR
Some 218 people are suspected to be infected with cholera in the hunger-prone county.
County director for Health Oscar Endekwa said the new cases were reported to have emerged from a wedding ceremony in Bura.
Tana River County government has appealed for help curb the fast spread of the cholera menace.
Six more people have tested positive for cholera in Tana River County, bringing to 90 the number of those infected.
A report by the County public health officer Samuel Jefwa said field investigations to determine the source of the infection had not been done as they have to borrow equipment to test the water.
He said the infection is fast spreading.
The number of people suspected to be infected with cholera in Tana River County has risen to 227, up from 218 last week as the county health personnel continue to investigate the source of infection.
A report handed to Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu also showed that the 1,000 were from a sample of 2,500 people who sought treatment from hospitals in the area.
During his tour of the area, Marsabit Governor Mohamud Ali listed a number of challenges faced by the region’s health department, among them lack of specialists in the county.
The governor also urged the Health ministry to help him with his plans to establish a branch of the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Marsabit.
The capital Praia alone had recorded 170 cases, DW Radio said, adding that at least 14 infections were imported from the malaria endemic countries.
Generally, the Cape Verde carries low risk of malaria aside from the islands of Boavista and Sao Tiago, where there may be a risk between August and November.
Cape Verde has this year recorded the worst malaria outbreak in over two decades, media reported
Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Cleopa Mailu on Wednesday announced that Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels in Nairobi have been closed down indefinitely in the wake of cholera outbreak.
The two hotels are said to have offered catering services at events where participants were later hospitalised after developing cholera-related symptoms.
The minister further said 12 counties have been affected by the outbreak with Nairobi and Garissa, in the northeast, being the worst hit.
By DAILY NATION
Thirty three cholera victims are hospitalised various health facilities in Nairobi, county executive Dr Benard Muia says.
In the past two months, 96 cholera cases have been confirmed in the Kenyan capital, the county official said.
Three fatalities have been reported so far.
On Friday, three top government officials and several staff from the Trade and the Treasury ministries were treated for cholera-related symptoms.
This was after they ate food served during a trade event at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
By JOSHUA ARAKA
The World Health Organization is likely to certify Kenya free of the Guinea worm disease before the end of the year.
However, this is on condition that no case of the disease is reported before then.
“We have started a campaign in search of the last Guinea worm disease case in the country before the certification is given,” WHO public health adviser Joyce Oigara said.
By MOHAMED AHMED
The ravages of heavy rains pound the Coastal have claimed five lives in Kwale, Governor Salim Mvurya has said.
This brings the total number of lives lost due to the heavy downpour in the region to 14.
Nine people died in Mombasa on Monday and Tuesday.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Mvurya also said the floods had uprooted at least 1, 500 families from their homes and killed livestock.
This comes as roads in Kwale were rendered impassable on Tuesday and Wednesday.
By EUNICE KILONZO
By ADRAMS MULAMA
About 4.5 million children under five years in 22 counties will from Saturday be vaccinated against polio in a move the government says will keep the viral infection outside Kenya’s borders.
The five-day oral vaccination campaign, expected to cost nearly Sh300 million, will begin on April 1 to 5. It will be given free. Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu is expected to launch the campaign in Kayole, Nairobi.
By GALGALO BOCHA
The two , all women, succumbed to the disease at the weekend as the public health department in the sub-county imposed a ban on feasting during funerals and weddings to curb escalation of the outbreak.
Tana Delta Sub-County Medical Officer of Health Nicholas Mwenda said the woman developed symptoms of the disease on returning home and succumbed to it on Saturday in Malakoteni.
By BRIAN OCHARO
By WACHIRA MWANGI
A health crisis is looming in Kilifi County as residents complain of increasing cases of diarrhoea and typhoid in the wake of prolonged drought that has hit most parts of the country.
More than 200,000 people are faced with starvation in the area. On Wednesday, the residents pleaded with the county government to intervene before the crisis gets out of control.
Two children paralysed in Borno state while vaccine-derived virus detected in Mathare and Eastleigh.
By Elizabeth Merab
Ministry of Health experts have asked the government to boost immunisation across the country with special focus on areas with low coverage.
The new cases in Nigeria are a stark reminder that immunisation of children cannot stop, especially at a time when vaccine-derived polio virus is being detected in the environment.
The students started showing signs of cholera days after returning from a mid-term break.
By DERICK LUVEGA
At least 98 students of Nyang’ori Boys High School in Vihiga County have contracted cholera following an outbreak of the disease at the institution.
According to county health director Quido Ahindukha, five of the students have been admitted to Tigoi Dispensary while 93 have been quarantined at the school.
The students are reported to have started showing signs of cholera days after they returned from their mid-term break.
Chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, and end-stage cancers, are also on the rise.
- Thousands of other Somalis were arriving at Dadaab each month, weak from the long walk and too little to eat.
- One in five of the newly arrived children were severely malnourished.
- Last year saw a major outbreak of cholera in the camp, and there are regular cases of measles, mainly among new arrivals from Somalia.
- Mental health conditions among the population are very common.
By MELAT HAILLE
The Ministry of Health will on Monday launch a measles, rubella and tetanus vaccination campaign.
Children will get jabs of a new combined vaccine, which offers them double protection against measles and rubella. Rubella is often mistaken for measles.
Acting Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said the ministry expects to vaccinate at least 19 million children in the country.
"If we do not conduct the campaign now, we risk having an outbreak," said Dr Kioko.
The campaign will run for nine days.
The World Health Organisation has warned that the yellow fever outbreak in Angola poses a "threat to entire world".
Nearly 2,000 people are thought to be suffering from yellow fever in the southern African nation, as health experts investigate the outbreak that began in December.
According to WHO, thousands of people are suspected to have been infected with the disease while 238 people have died from the mosquito-borne illness.
The outbreak has spread to nearly every province in the country.
The day of a child’s birth should be a day filled with joy, but for many Kenyans, it is a day of fear. For the most unfortunate, it is a day of tragedy.
For Atieno, a woman living in western Kenya, the fear lasted for days. She laboured for more than 72 hours at home in her rural village. There was heavy bleeding and when Atieno finally delivered her daughter, it was without the help of a skilled birth attendant or life-saving products such as oxytocin to stop bleeding.