Three people have died of cholera in the past one week in Siaya, County minister for health Dr. Martin Konyango has confirmed.
Dr. Konyango said all the deaths occurred at Bondo sub county hospital, with the latest taking place Tuesday when a 69 year old adult male succumbed.
Addressing the media in his office in Siaya town, Dr. Konyango who was flanked by the county chief officer for health, Dr. Omondi Owino and epidemiologist, Mr. Joseph Okuto said that two other deaths occurred last Wednesday, 17/5/2023 and Thursday 18/5/2023.
He said that so far, 92 cases of cholera have been reported in the county in the last one month, most of whom have been treated and discharged from the public hospitals.
“Of the 92, nine are still admitted in various Cholera Treatment Units spread across the three sub counties of Rarieda, Bondo and Ugenya” said the county executive committee member for health.
He said that the department has identified Manyuanda in west Uyoma and Oyamo Island in Lake Victoria as the epicentres of the diseases, saying that efforts were being made to contain the spread.
He said that his department was using community health volunteers to help in the war against the spread of the disease, adding that they have also distributed chlorine to the communities to help treat water for domestic consumption.
Dr. Konyango called for support from the community, saying that regular use of toilets and ensuring high standards of hygiene must be mandatory to all.
He called on the public to ensure that anyone who shows symptoms of acute diarrhea is rushed to nearby health facilities to treatment.