Deadly floods spark fa­tal cholera cri­sis in Kenya

African Times - - International / Africa -

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

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