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WHO fails to issue travel advisories over cholera

The World Health Organization has refused to issue travel advisories against Kenya over to the recent cholera outbreak.

This is because of the swift action taken by the Health ministry and the Nairobi county Health department to stop the outbreak.

WHO said based on the available information, there is no need for any travel or trade recommendations.

However, the authority insisted Kenyan hotels must strengthen hygiene practices.

“Hygiene practices in households, restaurant, hotels, refugee camps and health facilities should be improved and food safety interventions should be strengthened,” WHO said in a statement. Currently, health officials are assessing Nairobi’s Panari Hotel after guests were recently admitted with cholera symptoms after a meal of fish and salad.Nairobi Health executive Bernard Muia on Friday said the hotel was not closed, but was given time to comply with hygiene standards.

Recently, Health CS Cleopa Mailu ordered food handlers in all hotels to get cholera vaccines and apply for new health certificates. “Our intention is not to close any institution, but to help them to adhere,” he said.

Last month, two hotels were ordered closed in Nairobi, following the disease outbreak.

Jacaranda Hotel was closed after four of their staff were admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital with cholera. The hotel has since been reopened.

San Valencia provided catering services at the KICC, where guests contracted chorela.

In its statement, WHO recommended improving the readiness of counties and health facilities to detect and respond to an outbreak.

Since the beginning of this year, the country has experienced an upsurge of cases.

As of July 17, a total of 1,216 suspected cases, including 14 deaths, had been reported.

The first cholera outbreak reported this year was in Tana River county.

The outbreak started on 10 October 2016, and was controlled by April.

A second wave of cholera outbreaks started in Garissa county on April 2, and was reported later in nine other counties, including Nairobi, Murang’a, Vihiga, Mombasa, Turkana, Kericho, Nakuru, Kiambu, and Narok.

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