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Friday, July 28, 2017

Health ministry forms task force to curb cholera

Director of Medical Services Dr. Jackson Kioko. /FILE
Director of Medical Services Dr. Jackson Kioko. /FILE

The ministry of Health has announced a raft of measures aimed at containing the cholera outbreak in the country.

Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko yesterday announced that he has formed a task force to ensure the situation is brought under control.

Kioko also cancelled all medical certificates for food handlers and directed county health departments to do fresh medical examinations before issuing new licences.

Members of the task force are drawn from Amref, Ministry of Water, Kenya Red Cross Society,Unicef, WHO , UNHCR among others.

Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his Industrialisation counterpart Adan Mohamed are among senior government officials who were admitted to Nairobi Hospital and the Kenyatta National Hospital after being taken ill.

The two are among senior officials attending a trade forum at Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

Kioko said the total number of people affected is being compiled and the results are set to be announced in the course of next week.

He said 336 cases with related signs and symptoms and three deaths have been recorded by the Nairobi county government since May.

Kioko also directed county health departments to inspect all hotels,food eating places and carry out urgent medical examination of all food handlers within 21 days.

“Ban hawking of food in towns and estates and ensure strict enforcement of this directive,” he said.

Kioko also banned the outsourcing of food by hotels and other meeting venues from unlicensed individuals.

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