Fresh cholera outbreak leaves 30 hospitalised

Saturday March 19 2016

A clinical officer attends to cholera patients at Ambira Sub-District Hospital, Siaya County, on March 18, 2016. The facility has admitted 11 cholera patients.   PHOTO | NELCON ODHIAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A clinical officer attends to cholera patients at Ambira Sub-District Hospital, Siaya County, on March 18, 2016. The facility has admitted 11 cholera patients. PHOTO | NELCON ODHIAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By NELCON ODHIAMBO
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Thirty people were on Friday treated for cholera in Siaya and Vihiga counties.

In Siaya’s Ugunja Sub-County, 24 people were admitted following a second cholera outbreak in less than a month.

Three children and a similar number of adults were treated for the disease in three hospitals in neighbouring Vihiga County.

So far, 146 cases have been reported in Siaya since May last year, a situation health officials blame on poor hygiene, eating of poorly cooked food at funerals and lack of latrines in many households.

According to Dr Bernard Onguche of Ambira Sub-District Hospital in Siaya, 10 patients were admitted at Ligega Health Centre, seven at Sigomere dispensary while others were taken to Ambira Sub-District Hospital.

Dr Onguche said: “We had a cholera outbreak barely three weeks ago but this time it has moved to Ligega and Sigomere, which are far apart.”