Response to Cholera Outbreak
Twelve Counties across Kenya had reported Cholera outbreaks since 1st January 2018 namely Mombasa, Garissa, Siaya, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Kirinyaga, Busia, Tana River, West Pokot, Murang'a, Trans Nzoia and Turkana Counties. In Muranga and Tana River counties, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) had been supporting the county governments through various interventions.
In Tana River County, a number of cases were reported in the entire wards of Hirimani, Chewele, Bura, Sala, Madogo and Bangale. A total 205 suspected cases were reported in the health facilities within the Tana North, out of which 173 confirmed positive of vibrio cholera. Crossing over to Muranga County, cases of cholera were reported in February 2018, recording a total number of 133 cases.
KRCS initiated various interventions aimed at averting the spread of cholera within the affected communities, working closely with other partners on the ground. This was done through; the setting up and managing of Cholera Treatment Centre at Kiunyu Dispensary (Muranga County) and Madogo Health Centre (Tana River County) to manage the cases, installation of hand washing points, distribution of Aqua tabs and PUR Sachets for water treatment, as well as Information, Education and Communications materials to the affected population.
More initiatives included: Health promotion and awareness campaigns via a public address system, public barazas and home visits; conducting health education on cholera, water treatment methods, sanitation and hygiene practices. Further support was in the monitoring of the health facilities with cholera treatment centers and occasional logistical support, especially the transportation of sampled specimen.