County forms rapid response team to map cholera hot-spot

Health workers and medics in Nakuru County are on high alert over possible outbreak of cholera, which has been reported in neighboring counties.

Among mechanisms set by the county is procurement of drugs and setting up of a rapid response team that is mapping out hot spots as well as inspection of food joints along busy highways.

Public health chief officer Samuel King’ori said the move would help handle early cases of cholera to avoid anticipated spread and deaths in Nakuru.

“Though there are no reported cases of cholera in Nakuru, we remain vigilant because of its location. We have formed a rapid response team consisting of health workers and they have been trained on handling cholera cases, as a precaution measure,” said King’ori.

Six dead

At least six people in the country have died of the disease this year.

Cholera cases have been reported in Nairobi, Kajiado, Narok, Machakos and Garissa.

Cholera hot spot localities in Nakuru include Nakuru Town West, Nakuru Town East, Rongai, Kikopey, Mai Mahiu and Naivasha town.

In 2015, at least 250 cases of cholera were reported with 20 deaths in the entire county.

The county has procured drugs currently stored as buffer stock and activated cholera treatment kits in all is health centres. Rapid testing kits for instant results were also procured.

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