Suspected Cholera outbreak claims two lives in Murang’a

Two people died while several others were hospitalised following a suspected Cholera outbreak at Kiunyu village in Gatanga Sub-County, Murang’a County.

The patients were admitted to Thika Level Five Hospital Sunday morning after developing symptoms such as stomach ache, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Murang’a county Health and sanitation Executive Committee (CEC) member, Joseph Mbai, said the county set up a crisis centre at Kiunyu Dispensary in Kiunyu village, where tens of locals went for treatment.

Mbai said preliminary reports by health officials in the County indicated that the cholera victims could have taken contaminated water.

The county Executive however said they are yet to find out the cause of the disease but believe it is waterborne.

He appealed to residents experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, stiffness, headaches and general weakness to rush to hospital for treatment.

Separately, a pediatrician in Kiambu, Dr Grace Aketch says eighty percent of children can now survive cancer owing to early diagnosis, timely treatment and advanced in medicine.

Aketch who heads the pediatric unit at the Kiambu Level 5 hospital told KNA at the hospital though a rare ailment to children, cancer is quite manageable when diagnosed in time.

“Cancer in children is a rare ailment but those diagnosed with the disease have less than 25 percent chances of survival rate when it is diagnosed late,” Dr. Aketch said.

She regretted there were numerous challenges to the management of cancer among children in Kiambu among them lack of a reliable data base for children suffering from cancer which currently affects at least 20 million Kenyans.

Other challenges are perceived high cost of treatment, discontinuation of treatment and the distance families in fa-flung areas of Kaibu have to travel to access treatment at the County’s referral hospital.

She however, regretted that some of the children usually start treatment and then discontinue it thus putting their own survival rates at high risk.

The medic cited financial constraints that make patients’ families to consider cancer treatment as quite expensive and unaffordable, lack of health insurance covers from the national health funds and lack of accessibility to health services as major reasons for treatment abandonment.

Citing leukemia as the leading cancer type among children in the area, Dr. Aketch cautioned parents to be on the lookout for any persistent health conditions affecting their children as it may turn out to be cancer so that they could avail them for treatment early enough.



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