Medicine

Health CS announces closure of two hotels over cholera outbreak

Health CS announces closure of two hotels over cholera outbreak

The Ministry of Health has shut down two restaurants in Nairobi following the cholera outbreak that has now killed four people and affected more than 300 in the last week.

Kenyatta National Hospital had received about 70 patients by Tuesday evening, some in critical condition and overflowing from the isolation of wards.

He indicated that many more may follow after the government ordered all food handlers to acquire fresh certification within 21 days.

Mailu said local authorities in Nairobi would be required to fix all broken sewer lines, ensure all water vendors and their water sources were certified, and ban hawking of food.

While singling out Nairobi and Garissa Counties as active in cholera outbreak, Mailu added that the Ministry will set up cholera treatment centres across residential areas with highest cases of the disease.

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Health CS Cleopa Mailu explained that the hotels will remain closed until they comply with new food safety requirements. It can kill within hours unless treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

Kenya has seen several cholera outbreaks in the past months.

An outbreak in March a year ago killed 216 people across the country and left at least 13,000 hospitalised.

Two ministers, Henry Rotich and Adan Mohamed, sought treatment with cholera-like symptoms after eating food during a government event in the capital last week, local newspapers reported.


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