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In Kitui Town, Fear of Cholera Comes Before Coronavirus Scare

by Esther M.
2 mins read

The coronavirus disease fears continue to grip the whole country, but traders in Kitui Town are more alarmed about a possible outbreak of cholera and other water-borne diseases due to lack of adequate clean water. Their worries have been heightened by the heaps of uncollected garbage rotting near their business premises.

For the past five days, they complained, garbage had not been collected, with heaps of rotting litter piling up at Mjini, Kunda Kindu and also in the town centre.

One of the traders, Paul Mutua, said: “We are appealing to the administration to protect our lives from these other epidemics, which pose a bigger threat than the coronavirus disease.”

The stench, he lamented, was driving away would-be customers. He urged the county department in charge of markets and the surrounding areas to ensure a steady water supply and cleanliness.

Stephen Muinde, a trader at Kunda Kindu, said blocked sewers were making the environment not conducive to do business, even as the Ministry of Health demands improved hygiene to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19.

“We cannot overlook these other diseases for the coronavirus fight alone. We stand to lose many more lives from cholera even before we even talk of the coronavirus disease.”

Early last month, the chairman of the business owners’ association in Kitui Town, Duncan Singi, called upon the county government to supply the traders and residents with enough water to enable them to maintain a high standard of hygiene and curb the spread of Covid-19.

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