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No more eating in funerals and weddings

04 May 2015, 10:41 Wilshere

Nakuru - The Nakuru County government's public health department has banned eating in public gatherings following a cholera outbreak that has so far claimed nine lives.

76 cumulative cases have been reported since last week.

Making the announcement Sunday, County chief officer for health Samuel Mwaura said that the ban includes eating in weddings and funeral ceremonies.

“The public should not be eating in any gathering including weddings and burial places until the cholera issue is cleared,” he said.

He said that his ministry in collaboration with the Nakuru water and sanitation company (NAWASSCO), the County government has increased chlorine levels in its water supply system as well as unblocking storm water drains.

Read Also: Four reported dead in Nakuru cholera outbreak

Mwaura said that all health workers across the County have been put on high alert adding that members of the public should exercise high standards of hygiene.

He said that so far the County government of Nakuru has established key cholera treatment facilities at the Rift Valley General Hospital,  Bahati sub-district hospital, Langalanga and Rhonda health centres as well as Kiti health centre.

“We have established key areas where the public can get treated and we also urge residents to observe hygiene,” he said.   

The officer noted that the County government has also put two ambulances on standby to reach out to patients as soon as a cholera cases are reported.

As schools re-open this week, Mwaura said that public health officials will visit all schools so as to create sensitization and provide hand washing facilities as a control measure.

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