Uasin Gishu:Cholera outbreak surveillance enhanced;suspected cases feared



Uasin Gishu County Government Department of Health Services has been prompted to enhance Surveillance, and Prevention measures for Cholera Disease Outbreaks across all the wards to suppress infections.

Speaking during a stakeholder engagement meeting at the county headquarters, Chief Officer for Clinical Services, Dr Paul Wangwe,  urged members of the public to report suspected  cases of  cholera  to the nearest health facilities.

A section of  Eldoret  residents  especially  in densely  populated  estates  such as  Langas have  complained of the  quality of  water  provided by the Eldoret water  and Sanitation company (ELDOWAS),

“Eldowas water  is no longer  safe, the water  has a stench and more often has  a  tint.We have  complained severally  to the  management  but seems  they are only  interested in revenue collection,” Said Wambui a Langas  ward resident.

The scarcity of water from the water company has also led to mushrooming water vendors who are making a killing albeit residents are not sure of the source of water.

According to Eldowas management The Company is soon expected to regulate all the water vendors and will issue public health certification to all water suppliers ,a move aimed at enhancing the safety of water sold to residents.

Several cases of diarrhea and vomiting have been reported at Rural district hospital.

Cholera is a serious disease that  causes acute watery  diarrhea with severe dehydration. It takes between 12 hours and 5 days for a person to show symptoms after consuming contaminated food or water.

Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated.

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