10 po­lice in hospi­tal with ‘cholera’ signs

The Star (Kenya) - - News - DI­AR­RHOEA, STOMACHACHE JOSEPH NDUNDA @Joseph_N­dunda

Ten po­lice of­fi­cers de­ployed at Mul­ti­me­dia University were yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted in Nairobi West, Si­nai and Keny­atta Na­tional hos­pi­tals with cholera-like symp­toms.

Nairobi Health ex­ec­u­tive Bernard Muia said the of­fi­cers had di­ar­rhoea and rapid di­ag­nos­tic tests in­di­cated it could be cholera.

“But we are do­ing more tests to as­cer­tain whether it is cholera and the pos­si­ble cause,” he told the Star on the phone.

Muia was lead­ing a team of health of­fi­cers from his de­part­ment and the Health min­istry to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the ill­ness.

The of­fi­cers com­plained of di­ar­rhoea and stomachache.

Muia said his team had not es­tab­lished the source of food that could have been con­tam­i­nated.

“In­sti­tu­tions that have food han­dlers must en­sure they have valid cer­tifi­cates,” he said.

Karen di­vi­sional po­lice boss Cun­ning­ham Suyianka said the of­fi­cers were among those mo­bilised to pro­vide se­cu­rity in Nairobi ahead of the Supreme Court rul­ing on the pres­i­den­tial pe­ti­tion on Fri­day. He said, how­ever, they were not from his di­vi­sion. They had camped at the university in readi­ness for any even­tu­al­ity.

Cholera out­break cases in Nairobi es­ca­lated in June and July, lead­ing to tem­po­rary clo­sure of a top city ho­tel.

/JOSEPH NDUNDA

Nairobi Health ex­ec­u­tive Bernard Muia at City Hall on April 18, 2016

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