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Beware of the outbreak of cholera and diarrhea – Ministry

The Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of waterborne diseases, especially cholera and diarrhea, amid heavy rains.

In a statement on Friday, Public Health PS Mary Muthoni said the first case was reported in the Tana River.

“Despite our successful control efforts, ongoing heavy rains and flooding have led to one confirmed case of cholera reported on April 26,” he said.

Muthoni said that A single case is significant as it amounted to an outbreak.

“Waterborne diseases like cholera are really serious, but they are also preventable. It is essential to understand that early detection and immediate medical attention can make a significant difference and potentially save lives,” he said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by an infection of the intestine.

People can get sick from swallowing food or water contaminated with cholera bacteria.

The infection is usually mild or asymptomatic, but can sometimes be serious and life-threatening.

Muthoni further said that there was an outbreak of diarrhea in Marasabit.

“Several risk factors have contributed to the spread of this deadly disease. The main one is the destruction of sanitation facilities during these prolonged rains, which has caused latrines to collapse and latrines to fill with flood water.” , he claimed.

This, he said, mixes water sources with fecal matter.

“Congestion in rescue camps with limited sanitation facilities, inadequate sanitation and hygiene facilities and consumption of untreated water will likely worsen the situation,” he said.

She said they are working. with multi-institutional teams in all affected areas to ensure control of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

This will be done by issuing cadvice and continuous provision of cholera contingency supplies to assist in the treatment of patients.

“Distribution of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies to contribute to the purification of water and treat household water in all high-risk areas and rescue camps,” he said.

“Strengthen community health education and engagement activities to address risk factors and promote healthy practices, such as pre-use and use water treatment. community health promoters.

He urged Kenyans to seek immediate help if they experience any symptoms of cholera.

The symptoms are Profuse watery diarrhea, sometimes described as “rice water stools”, vomiting, thirst, leg cramps, and restlessness or irritability.

“If you notice any signs or symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting, seek immediate treatment or contact the National Public Health Emergency Operations Center on 0729 47 14 14, 0732 35 35 35 or 719,” he said.