Nakuru County Public Health Chief Officer Dr Samuel King’ori

The County Government of Nakuru has intensified surveillance systems on Cholera epidemiological patterns and trends.

This follows a Cholera outbreak in Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Garissa and Narok counties claiming several lives and hundreds others being hospitalized.

Cumulative cases reported are 1463 with 81confirmed and 8 deaths.

Though Nakuru County has not reported any Cholera incident, Public Health Chief Officer Dr Samuel King’ori said preparedness was key citing previous outbreak patterns.

Nakuru’s centrality as a transit town on the northern corridor also increases the risk of cholera transmission.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated.

Transmission is still active in Machakos, Nairobi, Garissa and Kajiado Counties. Kajiado County has reported a second wave of the outbreak since January 2019, from Ongata Rongai, Kajiado North sub county.

The County’s public health department has mapped out zones and set up treatment centres as well as creating public awareness.

The department of health services over the Easter holiday issued public notices calling on residents to report any case of diarrhoea, however mild it may appear.

Dr King’ori said all precautionary measures are in place among them activating all health facilities, purchase of drugs, and training of community health workers.

The CO has so far met public health officers from Nakuru Town East, Nakuru Town West and Gilgil for technical exchange and cooperation to strengthen the county’s capacity on cholera control.

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