10 police in hospital with ‘cholera’ signs
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.
Nairobi Health executive Bernard Muia at City Hall on April 18, 2016