NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A RAGING cholera outbreak in Kenya has led to the closure of two hotels government believes are the epicentre of the crisis.
Officials confirmed the Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels in the capital Nairobi had been shut in the wake of the death of people who consumed food served by the facilities at a recent trade event at Kenyatta InternationalConvention Centre.
Health Cabinet Secretary, Cleopa Mailu, said 67 people had been admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital while 12 others were in health facilities in the city .
Some senior government officers are among victims that have been treated for cholera-related symptoms.
Speaking in Nairobi, Dr Kioko Jackson, national director of medical services, said the government was concerned with the increasing incidences of food borne diarrheal, poisoning and cholera in different towns and cities.
These are often related to public functions and outsourcing of food, he said.
He announced several measures including inspection of all hotels, ban on hawking of food and the out-sourcing of food by hotels.
“In conclusion, all hotels must maintain adequate sanitation and hygiene in food storage preparation and serving including valid medical certificate of food handlers and the disposal of solid waste,” Jackson said.
– CAJ News

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