70 res­i­dents ad­mit­ted af­ter they eat in­fected camel meat

Res­i­dents lack food and clean drink­ing wa­ter. They couldn’t let such a chance pass by. They will con­sume any­thing, in­clud­ing unin­spected car­casses, says chief

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - JOSEPH KANGOGO @TheS­tarKenya

More than 70 pa­tients have been ad­mit­ted to Ak­wichatis Dis­pen­sary in Ti­aty sub­county, Baringo, af­ter eat­ing meat of an in­fected camel, as drought takes a heavy toll on the county.

It is re­ported Pokot res­i­dents gath­ered to slaugh­ter the sickly camel in Chep­tuimet vil­lage on Thurs­day. Se­ri­ous di­ar­rhoea cases were re­ported among those who ate the meat.

Nurse in charge Paul Che­bet said the pa­tients com­plained of se­vere stom­ach pain and di­ar­rhoea. He said they are out of dan­ger. Che­bet said they feared the con­di­tion could be an out­break of a se­ri­ous dis­ease but later they learnt the vic­tims had eaten in­fected meat.

“I have not slept for the last four days since the in­ci­dent oc­curred, as the pa­tients came in in droves un­til Satur­day mid­night,” he said. Che­bet said the sit­u­a­tion has been con­tained and no pa­tient was re­ferred to a big­ger hospi­tal.

He said he has dis­charged some pa­tients. Che­bet said the work was tire­some, as he is the only medic serv­ing at the dis­pen­sary. “Although I had to en­gage some youths, it was still dif­fi­cult dis­pens­ing medicine and nurs­ing the pa­tients alone,” he said.

The health of­fi­cer urged res­i­dents to ob­serve hy­giene. Naudo chief David Arupe said the vic­tims could not re­sist the temp­ta­tion to eat the sick camel’s meat be­cause of bit­ing hunger.

“Res­i­dents lack food and clean drink­ing wa­ter. They couldn’t let such a chance pass by. They can con­sume any­thing, in­clud­ing unin­spected car­casses,” he said.

Arupe said there are no public health of­fi­cers hence, res­i­dents could not con­firm whether the meat was safe. He said butcheries rely on of­fi­cers from Che­molin­got, 30km away.

The chief said res­i­dents usu­ally eat ema­ci­ated an­i­mals dur­ing the dry sea­son, but this time things un­for­tu­nately went wrong.

/JOSEPH KANGOGO

A health of­fi­cer at­tends to chil­dren brought by their moth­ers to an open-air mo­bile clinic or­gan­ised by World Vi­sion In­ter­na­tional in Nachu­ruru vil­lage, Ti­aty sub­county, Baringo, in July last year. The sub­county is hard hit by famine

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