Health Ministry Issues Public Alert on Cholera Outbreak in 12 Counties

The Ministry of Health has put 12 counties on high alert following increasing cases of cholera outbreaks in various parts of the country.

The affected counties are Narok, Kajiado, Garissa, Mandera, Machakos, Embu, Kirinyaga, Wajir, Mombasa, Turkana, Makueni and Kisumu.

Three people are reported to have been hospitalised in Kirinyaga County after developing cholera symptoms.

The outbreak comes as the season of heavy rains is almost drawing to a close.

This year alone, some 4,961 cholera cases have been reported across the country, with 147 active cases and 37 deaths.

Nairobi, Garissa, Mandera and Turkana counties have recorded the highest numbers, according to hospital bookings.

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Cases in Nairobi have mainly been reported in Embakasi East, Embakasi West, Starehe, Ruaraka, Kibera, Lang’ata, Kasarani, Dagoretti North, Westlands, and Kamukunji sub-counties.

According to the World Health Organisation, cholera cases decreased globally by 60 percent in 2018, an encouraging trend in prevention and control in the world’s major hotspots, which include Haiti, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC).

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