The government has closed down two top city hotels indefinitely in the wake of a cholera outbreak.
Health cabinet secretary Cleopa Mailu announced that his ministry will continue closing down more hotels suspected not to be following hygienic conditions.
This comes after two Cabinet Secretaries, a Principal Secretary and hundreds of delegates in the country’s business circle were hit by cholera-like symptoms last week which got everyone scrambling to their feet to look for solutions, an explanation even.
This is after they attended a trade event at the KICC where the outbreak was suspected to have sprouted from.He further said 12 counties have been affected by the outbreak, with Nairobi and Garissa the worst hit.
He said 67 people have been admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), 12 others are in health facilities in the city and four deaths have been reported so far .
The CS was speaking after visiting cholera patients at KNH. He was accompanied by Health Principal Secretary Julius Korir and Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko.
“We’ve also asked that the county repairs all broken sewers as well as monitor the sources of the water being brought into the city,” said Dr Mailu.
He also said the ministry will also set up six health centers in the affected areas, including Mukuru kwa Njenga, Mukuru kwa Reuben, Mathare, Kibera, Kawangware and Mbagathi.
Dr Mailu donated 20 beds to KNH to boost its capacity to admit cholera patients as cases of the disease rise.
On July 14, top government officers, including National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, his Trade colleague Adan Mohammed and Trade Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo and several staff from the two ministries were treated for cholera-related symptoms.
In an effort to contain the spread of the disease, the ministry of Health cancelled the medical certificates of all food handlers as it directed county health units to inspect all eateries in 21 days.
A task force to stop the spread of the disease was also appointed.
Dr Mailu announced that on Wednesday.