Deadly floods spark fatal cholera crisis in Kenya

from MARIA MACHARIA 
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – FLOODS that have in recent weeks left over 180 people dead and more than 300 000 displaced have triggered a deadly outbreak of cholera in Kenya.

The water borne disease has claimed scores and infected hundreds of civilians in the ill-fated East African country.

Doctors Without Borders, the volunteer medical experts organisation, reported the cholera outbreak was most severe in the Turkana and Garissa Counties.

At least five people have died in Dagahaley camp in the Dadaab refugee complex in Garissa in the last month.

In Turkana, not less than seven people have died after more than 700 patients were admitted with cholera.

Doctors Without Borders runs a 100-bed hospital and two health posts in Turkana and Garissa where its teams have treated more than 250 patients with cholera in their treatment centre.

“We are concerned that we could see more patients come in if the heavy rains and flooding continue like this,” lamented Alfred Davies Jr, the field coordinator for Dagahaley.

Even amid humanitarian agencies’ response during the floods, there is still a concern over malaria, another disease that might come as an aftermath of the rains and flooding.

“This remains one of our biggest concerns. We are already training healthcare workers in Turkana County on malaria surveillance and response in case of an outbreak,” said David Croft, head of Doctors Without Borders in Kenya.

Kenya is emerging from the worst drought in decades and political crises sparked by bloody elections the opposition claims were rigged.
– CAJ News

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