Gov’t takes steps to curb spread of cholera

The government has taken urgent measures to curb the spread of cholera in the city.

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu says the Health Ministry has put up various treatment centers within the city while the problem of water scarcity is being resolved.

Last week, the government moved swiftly to close indefinitely Jacaranda Hotel and Valencia Gardens in Nairobi following an outbreak of the cholera epidemic.

The outbreak has been blamed on food handlers and water shortage, prompting the health ministry to crack the whip on food handlers in the city, directing them to get tested and provide evidence.

Speaking during a health symposium in Nairobi, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu urged the county government to address the water and sewerage issue swiftly while encouraging residents to practice good hygiene.

The Association of Public Health Officers of Kenya officers last week reported that 14 people have died from cholera since January and 1,216 in 12 counties are infected with Nairobi and Garissa counties most affected.

Nurses strike

Separately, the ongoing stalemate pitting the council of governors and nurses continued with the two antagonists maintaining hard-line positions.

This even as Health cabinet secretary Cleopa Mailu called on the nurses to suspend the industrial strife and return back to the negotiating table.

The Kenya national nurses’ union had pitched camp at the Uhuru park grounds before proceeding to the council of governors offices in Nairobi to register their concerns.

The nurses are pushing for the signing of a collective bargaining agreement and its implementation before the close of next month.

The union is demanding a pay increase and arrears amounting to 7.25 billion shillings. They claim efforts to resolve the crisis with ministry officials have failed.

According to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the allowances given to nurses in the controversial pay deal are exaggerated and unaffordable adding that  job evaluations for nurses were complete and expected the Council of Governors to discuss the recommendations with the Kenya National Union of Nurses to prevent future disputes.

The countywide nurses strike has been on for 50 days.

  

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