Health officials in Garissa and neighbouring Madogo division of Tana River County have stepped up their campaigns to stop the spread of the Cholera outbreak that has already claimed 8 lives.
In a press briefing, Health Chief Officer Mohamed Farah said over 129 people have been diagnosed and treated for cholera at an isolation unit at the Garissa County Referral Hospital after the highly contagious disease was detected two weeks ago.
Farah said the department is working closely with health officials from neighbouring Tana County where the disease is suspected to have ‘originated’.
He said that among the measures the department had undertaken include treatment of water sources used by the residents in the affected areas including Tana River County where they are supporting community health workers.
A spot check by reporters revealed that health workers had been deployed at the Tana Bridge entry and exit, to and from Garissa town, to disinfect residents’ crossing over to prevent further spread of the disease.
Pressmen further established that eatery joints, butcheries and those cooking and selling in the open air have also been ordered to close down.
Farah advised the residents to maintain high standards of hygiene despite a reduction in the number of cholera cases.
The chief officer advised the residents to immediately take in any one with symptoms of watery diarrhoea, a headache, weak joints and take them to the designated isolation canters.
These centers have been set up in Sankuri, Fafi, Mbalambala, Madogo Health Center and the referral hospital which are equipped to handle the disease.