By KBC Reporters
Kenyans have been urged to take precautionary measures in the wake of a cholera outbreak that has left atleast three people dead.
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is urging Kenyans residing in areas identified as cholera prone to go for cholera vaccination.
The advise comes in the face of a Cholera outbreak that has been reported in 12 counties with Nairobi and Garissa the worst hit.
The public has however turned a blind eye to the red flag raised by health officials.
It is booming business in several eateries within the Nairobi Central Business District despite the national and county governments warning that bordered on declaring Cholera an epidemic.
But questions on how food is handled and the source of water in these joints remains a big challenge in the fight against Cholera.
Dr. John Kiiru a researcher at KEMRI says the ongoing water shortage affecting parts of the country has largely contributed to the outbreak.
In order to contain the situation, the Ministry of Health ordered the cancellation of all medical certificates for food handlers as well as a directive to close the Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels until their staff are certified to be free of cholera.
Experts are questioning the closure of the hotels saying the move might not help much.
The two hotels were closed following claims that they offered catering services at events attended by participants who were later hospitalized with cholera related symptoms.
“Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels were given a notice by county offices to ensure proper hygiene in food preparation but failed to comply” said Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu.
Although cholera can be life-threatening, it is easily prevented and treated, with doctors advising the use of vaccines before infection.
Cholera symptoms are easily confused with those of food poisoning and amoeba, the most distinct remains the passage of watery stool containing rice like particles.
Although the government has activated cholera treatment centers, Health care givers handling cholera patients have also been advised to be extra vigilant.
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