Government moves to contain cholera outbreak Nairobi, Thursday May 21, 2020

Public health teams from the local county governments and the Ministry of Health are working to control reported 550 cases of cholera outbreak in Marsabit and in Turkana county.

Marsabit has 268 cases while Turkana has 222 the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe disclosed today and said Kenya has lost 13 people as a result of the outbreak, 12 in Marsabit and one in Turkana.

He also warned that people in areas that are experiencing rains and flooding are potentially exposed to diseases.

“Although the government is focused mainly on Covid -19 outbreaks, it is important to address disease outbreaks since Covid affects more so those with compromised immune systems and those with underlying conditions,” he noted.

The CS acknowledged that most of the cases, that is 40 percent, and 70 percent of the deaths occurred among children aged 10 years and below.

Other reported cases are in Garissa (48), Wajir (4) and Muranga (8) have all been controlled, he  said and revealed that the Ministry is working closely with the County Governments of Marsabit, and Turkana, and hope to have fully contained the situation over the next two weeks.

“We believe that this is feasible, given the fact that the outbreak is currently localized to only two areas, which is Marsabit and Turkana,” he said.