Four Murang’a towns under surveillance to prevent cholera

Public health officials in Murang’a are on the look-out following cholera cases in Nairobi.

Maragua, Murang’a, Kenol and Kabati towns have now been under strict surveillance since they have a history of outbreaks.

County public health officer John Mwaniki said the county government is keenly monitoring the towns which were hit two years ago.

He said the health department banned hawking of food and is inspecting eateries in the seven sub-counties.

The county government was informed of a patient who tested positive for cholera two weeks ago in Kabati town.

Mwaniki said his office has started distributing 100,000 purifying tablets to ensure locals drink safe water.

He added the department is inspecting food handles and handing certificates to those who meet standards.

“We have realised some food handlers obtained their medical licenses through unscrupulous means. We want to sniff them all out.”

Food hawkers pleaded with the county government for continued operations saying this is their only source of money.

Joyce Wanja of Mukuyu market in Murang’a town said most of them have all the required permits.

Health CS Cleopa Mailu earlier ordered immediate closure of Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels following the Nairobi outbreak.

Mailu also ordered all food handlers re-tested and re-certified.

Some 101 patients are admitted at KNH while four have died in the city. Sixty seven cases were confirmed and six treatment centres established.

On Tuesday, the Health ministry canceled the medical certificates of all food handlers to contain the outbreak.

Read: Mailu orders closure of Jacaranda, San Valencia hotels over cholera

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