Sporadic incidents of cholera outbreaks continue to be witnessed within and around the city despite health officials’ efforts to curb the malady.
Daystar University students are the latest victims after it emerged 8 students were admitted to the hospital with the disease. According to Vice Chancellor Timothy Wachira, all cases are from their Athi River campus.
Early this year, guests at the Weston Hotel, associated with Deputy President William Ruto, were taken ill with what was said to be symptoms of cholera. The Health Ministry tried to downplay the incident but doctors confirmed it was a case of cholera.
Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Industrialisation counterpart Aden Mohammed are some of high ranking officials said to be victim of the outbreak.
Interestingly, the hotel was not closed to await clearance from the health ministry. Instead, there was a sustained crackdown on smaller hotels as most were shut down. Roadside food vendors also had to close shop as officials from the health ministry moved to curb spread of the disease.
Over 90 police officer were also taken ill with cholera early this month. The affected police officers were part of a contingent of 430 officers tasked with maintaining order during the Supreme Court hearing of NASA’s petition challenging Uhuru’ re-election. The officers are said to have been putting up at the Multimedia University Hotel in Rongai.
On 8th September, Health Executive Andrew Mulwa confirmed reports that a member of Makueni County Assembly and two police officers were hospitalised with the disease.
There is speculation that contamination of Nairobi’s water supply system is to blame for the outbreaks. Pipes supplying water across the city are often laid in close proximity with sewerage pipes. A leak from the sewerage.