November 21st 2017

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Governor Kidero refutes cholera his own doing, as Health Ministry dithers

This year cholera has made an unwelcome emergence in Nairobi after a number of years free from this deadly disease that is closely associated with poverty. Nevertheless, the three areas where it has occurred in Nairobi cannot by any measure be placed in the poverty index.

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 17 Jul 2017 15:45 EAT

Dr Evans Kidero

Governor Evans Kidero has banned all unlicensed water distributors and come out strongly to refute accusations that poor garbage and sewage treatment is the reason for the cholera outbreak. “Out of all the other counties, why does Nairobi have to be the only one with the outbreak? Because Nairobi is dirty and he has been unable to make proper sewage systems and has also been unable to provide clean water", say his detractors.

Dr Kidero refuted the claims posing “you don’t want to tell me KICC where people got the infection there’s garbage, was there?.” He stated the disease has been in the city for a month. The county in a statement said there have been three deaths due to cholera, 93 confirmed cases and more than 300 suspected cases.

This year cholera has made an unwelcome emergence in Nairobi after a number of years free from this deadly disease that is closely associated with poverty. Nevertheless, the three areas where it has occurred in Nairobi cannot by any measure be placed in the poverty index.

The first case was at a wedding reception in the very affluent suburb of Karen in mid-May, where several wedding guests lost their lives and a number were hospitalized. The next case occurred at the prestigious Weston Hotel that is associated with the Deputy President William Ruto. Fortunately, no fatalities were reported as this cholera outbreak occurred during a doctors conference, although a number were hospitalized.

Last week Kenyans received the news that Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich and his Trade counterpart, Adan Mohamed and his Principal Secretary, Chris Kiptoo had been admitted to hospital after eating food supplied by San Valencia catering services to Kenyatta International Convention Centre(KICC), at the conclusion of a Trade conference there.

The Ministry of Health investigated the outbreak at Weston Hotel and promised to issue their report last week. No word has been forthcoming yet from our Health Ministry.

Cholera is a deadly disease that can kill in a matter of hours. The most obvious symptoms being excessive diarhoea and vomitting. And the Ministry of Health should be more serious in its investigations and take prompt and decisive action to prevent further occurrences.

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