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Cholera cases subside in Vihiga

27 March 2016, 12:00 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Cases of cholera have subsided in Vihiga County after its outbreak a week ago in Tambua ward, Hamisi constituency.  

County director of health services Quido Ahinduka said people who had been coming for treatment from the neighbouring Nandi and Kisumu counties have since stopped as treatment centres have been set in their respective counties.

He said the county medical team has been able to treat over twenty cases related to cholera since its outbreak in the ward that neighbours Kisumu and Nandi counties.

“Our team that was dispatched to be on the ground has been able to do a commendable job in making sure that the disease is contained,” Ahinduka said.

He added, “Right now we are conducting awareness to residents of their hygiene to avert such further cases.”

The director noted that only one person had died from the outbreak after he was brought to the hospital while already highly dehydrated.

“The person who died was from Nandi County and was brought into the hospital when it was already late,” Dr Ahinduka said.

Ahinduka said the several residents of Vihiga County who had contracted cholera because of their contact with their neighbours have since been treated and discharged.

Siaya, Kisumu and Nandi counties have been treating cases related to cholera for the past several weeks, and both are neighbouring Vihiga County.  

The first cholera case was noted at Likindu health centre in Tambua ward, Hamisi constituency on March 16.

Ahinduka said immediate measures put in place to contain the widespread of the disease, including banning eating at funerals, helped in curbing its spread to many other parts of the county.

He said the departments of water from Vihiga, Nandi and Kisumu counties moved in with speed to treat water sources, which had been suspected to have been contaminated due to their usage by residents in the affected areas.

“Setting up an isolation ward at Likindu to deal with the cholera cases reported further helped the medical team to contain widespread of the disease,” he said.

The county director called on residents to watch out their health by practicing proper hygiene to avert cases spilling over to other parts.

He asked them to be on high alert and report any cases of people who have symptoms related to cholera.

“We are telling our people that if someone is vomiting and having prolonged diarrhoea, they should immediately bring the person for treatment at any of our health facilities,” he said.   

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