Diarrhoea reported among residents
Ministry of health has confirmed there is an outbreak of diarrheal disease in parts of Isiolo County but has ruled out any cases of cholera infection.
Over 400 residents from Merti, Oldonyiro and Garbatulla in the County have been diagnosed with diarrhea in the last two months.
County Public Health officer Mr. Guracha Sarite said the disease mostly affected children aged less than five years and women in the area.
He however said that the county government has distributed anti-diarrhea emergency drugs, 2,000 jerricans to households for water storage, 60,000 water purifiers, 100,000 chlorine tabs for treating water and soaps for hand washing.
He added that a team of public health officers, disease surveillance coordinator and laboratory technicians visited the affected locations and mapped out the areas for rapid interventions.
The team however recommended urgent disinfection or cleaning of community water storage tanks, more supply of water disinfectants to affected households and behavioral change by community.
Mr. Sarite said the affected people live along River EwasoNyiro. Stool for 18 people and water samples from 10 sources have been collected and taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for bacteriological analysis.
“The results ruled out any Cholera infection but confirmed there was an eruption of dysentery,” he added.
He said the records from health facilities in Garbatulla Sub County indicate that November recorded highest cases of diarrhea with 186 cases and 41 cases between December 1 and 3, 2017.
Merti had reported 300 cases while Garbatulla and Oldonyiro recorded 150 and 50 cases respectively.
Mr. Sarite said water sources are suspected to have been contaminated by feacal due to flash floods caused by rains in some areas.
“Open defecation practiced by the communities and rolling of water jericans on contaminated surface or grounds are believed to have contributed to the outbreak,” he said.
“There is no laboratory diagnosis since none of the facilities has functional laboratory hence suggestive clinical perspective were like dysentery, ameobiases and malnutrition especially among the under five years,” said the health officer.
By David Nduro