The ministry of health has warned of a possible outbreak of 4 deadly diseases’ likely to hit 19 counties in the country. The epidemics include rift valley fever, measles, cholera and chikungunya. The ministry has thereby issued effective measures in response to the outbreaks. This come a time when 75 deaths have been reported since January this year as a result of cholera outbreaks countrywide.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, the Director of Medical Services Dr Jackson Kioko, has warned that the alarming pandemic has been prevalent as a result of continued existence of risk factors and inadequate resources to facilitate implementation of effective interventions…
The four endemics namely Cholera, Measles, Chikungunya and Rift Valley Fever erupted January 2018 and confirmed cases have so far been reported in: Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Machakos, Busia, Tharaka-Nithi,
Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Turkana, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Kiambu, Garissa, Siaya, Meru, Kilifi, Isiolo and Elgeyo-Marakwet.
Although 9 Counties have managed to successfully contain the outbreaks continue to erupt in new counties as well as recur in previously affected ones .The government has formed a national disease outbreak task-force to collaborate with the affected counties on addressing the health crisis.
4,954 cases of Cholera have so far been reported, leading to deaths of 75 people in 9 counties. Measles has seen a total of 142 cases reported in Wajir and Mandera counties. Chikungunya outbreak had 32 verified cases out of 1,302 reported in Mombasa and 7 other cases reported in Lamu and Kilifi counties.
Rift Valley fever also in the list had the ministry receive 15 confirmed cases of the disease from Wajir County reported by today.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.
Measles is a viral disease that can spread rapidly. Also known as rubeola or morbilli, measles is an endemic disease, meaning it is continually present in a community, and many people develop resistance.
The chikungunya virus infects humans through the bite of a mosquito. It causes fever and joint pain. It is rarely fatal, but the symptoms can be severe, long-lasting, and debilitating.
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and blood feeding flies that usually affects animals (commonly cattle and sheep) but can also involve humans. In humans the disease ranges from a mild flu-like illness to severe haemorrhagic fever that can be lethal.
The ministry of health has advised Kenyans to observe personal hygiene and report any suspected cases to a nearest heath facility. It has also assured to continue monitoring and coordinating response efforts in order to contain and control the diseases outbreaks county.