Garissa denies Cholera outbreak rumours



Garissa Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Ernest Siwo has dispelled rumours of an outbreak of Cholera in Garissa town.

Dr Siwo confirmed  all cases of diarrhea at the referral facility were tested for cholera and turned out negative.

In recent days there has been an increase of cholera cases in certain parts of the country with the most affected being the capital city, Nairobi.

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Fears of an outbreak at refugee camps in Garissa county also abound and medics in the region have come out to allay the concerns.

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Garissa Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Ernest Siwo says elaborate measures have already been put in place to ensure that the disease is properly managed in case of an outbreak.

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Dr.Siwo at the same time residents in urged Garissa town and its environs to maintain high standards of hygiene.

He also called on the residents to ensure persons  who exhibit symptoms of the bacterial disease receive medical attention immediately.

Cholera is a particularly virulent pathogen with the ability to kill in mere hours.

The pathogen poisons the intestinal lining after being ingested in infected food or drink. The body responds by channeling a large amount of fluid to flush it out, usually manifesting in uncontrollable diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Unfortunately, this results in a massive loss of body fluid and water, leading to dehydration in a short period of time. Sustained dehydration leads to death.







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