Six Food Vendors Arrested Over Cholera
Six people have been arrested in Matuu town, Machakos County for defying directive to stop food vending until the cholera scare normalizes.
Speaking to KNA on Wednesday, Kithyoko Public Health Officer Purity Kawira said the six were arrested and taken to Matuu Police Station and are expected to appear in Kithimani Court on Thursday.
The Officer said eggs, maize and Mutura food vendors risk the lives of many people since they do not have public health licenses to certify them to handle food.
She called on hoteliers to obtain the license by going for medical tests and get the certificate at the public health offices.
Kawira urged food handlers including those cooking at different ceremonies to observe hygiene in order to avoid cholera outbreak that has been reported in some parts of Machakos County.
She reiterated that people should use toilets and wash their hands often to avoid contracting the disease which is associated with coming into contact with human waste.
The Officer advised those with diarrhoea symptoms to immediately report to the nearest health facility for treatment.
The cholera outbreak was reported in Mlolongo in Machakos after the first incidents were reported in Nairobi, where four people have so far lost their lives with several others being treated of the disease.
And in Mombasa County the Health Department has begun intensive public awareness and sensitization campaign against cholera.
County Director of Health, Dr. Khadija Shikely, says despite zero cases of cholera in the area, public health officials were nonetheless on high alert for possible outbreak.
Shikey said 3,000 chlorine tablets were distributed last week and public health workers have started chlorinating water wells in Mombasa and its environs.
“Chlorine tablets are being distributed to people free of cost as a precautionary measure against water-borne diseases,” she said.
The Director said despite Mombasa being cholera free at the moment, health workers cannot sit and watch as Nairobi stares at full blown cholera outbreak that can easily spread to the coastal city.
“We are fully prepared to prevent and control potential outbreaks of diseases in the county,” she said, during a KNA interview on Friday.
Shikely disclosed that public health officials and the County Inspectorate have been ordered to step up inspections of restaurants, especially roadside food eateries, as part of the drive to prevent a cholera epidemic.
She urged residents to continue treating water with purifying tablets and boiling it before consumption to prevent water borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid and dysentery.
The medic said the disease is caused by types of vibrio cholera bacterium, which are spread mostly by water and food that has been contaminated with human faeces containing the germs.
She said chlorination is one of the effective methods of purifying water since the microorganism is sensitive to chlorine.
By KNA Team