The number of new cholera cases reported daily has gone down by more than half following government interventions, the Ministry of Health has said.
At the same time, the ministry has identified water sources as one of the major risk factors where direct contamination occurs.
In a statement, Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu said a total of six functional Cholera Treatment Centers (CTCs), established in areas close to informal settlements in Nairobi where sewer lines are reported to have broken down, are now fully operational.
“We wish to inform the public that since the inception of interventions and directives, the country has registered significant reduction in the number of new cholera cases recorded daily,” Mailu said today.
He said more than 500,000 chlorine tablets and four drums of chlorine liquid have been distributed to enhance water treatment at the household level and at all water sources.
The ministry is advising the public to seek free treatment in Huruma Lions, Mukuru kwa Reuben (Reuben Center), Riruta Health Center, Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital and Mukuru Health Center (Mukuru kwa Njenga).
“We are requesting members of the public to seek treatment at the aforementioned centers anytime they fall sick for diarrheal related illnesses. These centers have been designated to reduce the spread of the disease, promote prompt treatment and management of cases for better health outcomes,” he added.
Currently, the CS said the ministry is mapping the areas affected by the cholera outbreak for effective management.