Cholera outbreak reported in Mogotio
28 October 2015, 08:06
Nakuru - The Nakuru Public health department has blamed a sisal farm for the spread of cholera in Mogotio area, at the border of Baringo and Nakuru counties.
Chief Public Health Office Samuel Kingori Samuel Kingori claimed that the management of Patel Farm in the area had prevented squatters in the area from constructing toilets following a court order allowing their eviction.
The farm, which hosts 150 people did not have any pit latrines.
Speaking to the press at his office on Tuesday, Kingori said that lack of toilets had forced the residents to ease themselves at the banks of river Molo.
According to Kingori, this has greatly contributed to the new cases of cholera outbreaks in the area.
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“We conducted experiments on the fecal coliforms in the water and we found out that in areas such as kwa Kiringa the content was 490 counts per 100 ml. Near Mogotio Bridge it was 380/100ml whole in areas like Alphaga and Kambi Huru we had 93/ 100 ml,” said Kingori.
Kingori said that the court order expired last week on Wednesday.
“The farm has been flattening the toilet construction in the area. As you go down the river, it is getting more and more polluted. Hence it has been a huge challenge to control the spread of the disease,” he added.
Earlier this month, one person was reported dead while 20 others were hospitalized after the disease broke out in the area.
In April, at least 17 people died of cholera in the county. More than 250 people were treated for the disease.
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