Kenya forms task force to fight cholera outbreak


Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday unveiled a national task force that will coordinate efforts to manage an ongoing cholera outbreak.

Director of Public Health Kepha Ombacho said that the country has recorded 3,244 cases and 60 deaths linked to cholera in the past 10 months in 18 counties.

“We have launched a series of countrywide activities geared towards averting deaths related to the latest cholera outbreak,” Ombacho told Xinhua in Nairobi.

The government has also activated the public health emergency operations center, enforcing compliance of environmental health, water safety and food hygiene regulations in the counties affected by the cholera outbreak, he said.

Two weeks ago, 13 people died of cholera in Baringo and Marsabit in northwestern Kenya. Dozens were hospitalized.

In June, nearly 50 people contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Nairobi. Several others were infected elsewhere.

In July, 14 people died from cholera in Kenya. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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