August 16th 2017

Society / Health & Science

Mandera to quarantine cholera patients

Governor Ali Roba said the county administration will open isolation centres at Moi Stadium since the quarantine centre at the local referral hospital cannot cope with the increasing numbers.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 04 Jun 2016 13:46 EAT

The Mandera County has proposed new measures to contain the cholera outbreak that has seen 1,008 people infected with the disease over the past month.

Governor Ali Roba said the county administration will open isolation centres at Moi Stadium since the quarantine centre at the local referral hospital cannot cope with  the increasing numbers.

The French health NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) last week set up an isolation ward at the referral hospital, but its local official Mohamed Abubakar said the facility has been stretched by increasing arrival of patients.

Governor Roba has called for close collaboration between Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in combating the outbreak. The two neighbouring countries have no health facilities around the border, and some patients from Somalia and Ethiopia are currently admitted at the Mandera hospital.

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