Deadly floods spark fatal cholera crisis in Kenya
MARIA MACHARIA IN NAIROBI, KENYA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) - FLOODS that have in recent weeks left over 180 people dead and more than 300 000 displaced have triggered a deadly outbreak of cholera in Kenya.
The water borne disease has claimed scores and infected hundreds of
civilians in the ill-fated East African country.
Doctors Without Borders, the volunteer medical experts organisation, reported the cholera outbreak was most severe in the Turkana and Garissa Counties.
At least five people have died in Dagahaley camp in the Dadaab refugee complex in Garissa in the last month.
In Turkana, not less than seven people have died after more than 700npatients were admitted with cholera.
Doctors Without Borders runs a 100-bed hospital and two health posts innTurkana and Garissa where its teams have treated more than 250 patientsnwith cholera in their treatment centre.
“We are concerned that we could see more patients come in if the heavynrains and flooding continue like this,” lamented Alfred Davies Jr, thenfield coordinator for Dagahaley.
Even amid humanitarian agencies’ response during the floods, there isnstill a concern over malaria, another disease that might come as an aftermath of the rains and flooding.
“This remains one of our biggest concerns. We are already training healthcare workers in Turkana County on malaria surveillance and response
in case of an outbreak,” said David Croft, head of Doctors Without Borders
in Kenya. Kenya is emerging from the worst drought in decades and political crises
sparked by bloody elections the opposition claims were rigged. – CAJ News