Is Machakos County facing a possible Cholera Outbreak?


Yatta Sub County residents in Machakos county are a worried lot after two people were rushed and admitted at Matuu Level Four Hospital with suspected signs of Cholera on Tuesday May 8.

The Ndalani and Kavisuni victims were immediately taken to the hospital for treatment when people noticed that they were vomiting and diarrhoearing non-stop.

Health and sanitation officer at the facility said that blood and stool samples from the patients had been taken to Nairobi for further analysis.

Jackson Nthanga,Machakos Level Five Hospital chief officer said that they couldn’t assume that the the group is ailing from Cholera unless they receive analyst samples which had been taken to National lab for testing.

“Doctors are suspecting that it’s Cholera but we can’t make that assumption until we have the results,” Nthanga said.

He also said that a group of people that responded,fetched samples of water from one of the rivers in Ndalani village and took them to National health lab for further check-ups.

He mentioned that water borne diseases are expected especially during the ongoing rainy season and urged people in the rural areas to make sure that they boil water for drinking and maintain their places clean including their personal hygiene.

“Due to flooding, it’s possible for water sources to be contaminated during this rainy season. Residents should ensure that high standards of hygiene are maintained,” Nthanga said.

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