Food hawking banned in Narok following cholera outbreak

A notice at Cholera isolation area at Narok County Hospital. [Robert Kiplagat, Standard]

The Government has banned food hawking in Narok County following outbreak of cholera that has claimed two and 54 taken ill as a measure to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Area County Commissioner George Natembeya announced that chiefs and their assistants, county commissioners and their deputies will be carrying out the operation.

“As result of the suspected cholera outbreak at Nkasuria-Olenkuluo in Narok South, hawking of food in the entire county has been banned with immediate effect,” said Mr Natembeya.

The administrator also urged residents to avoid “reckless shaking of hands” in a bid to avert the spread of the highly-contagious disease.

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He asked locals to report any suspected incident related to diarrhoea and vomiting to authorities.

“Should anyone experience symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting he/she should rush to nearby health facility. The two lives lost in the first case was as a result of delay by the victims in seeking medical attention and this should be avoided,” cautioned the administrator.

County Health Director Daniel Sironka had earlier confirmed that the number of cholera cases had shot up from 26 to 54 and that the county had established an isolated area for patients suspected to have contracted the disease. 

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