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10 die in Mandera as Cholera outbreak escalates

By Nep Journal Correspondent:

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Up to ten people have died so far while more than 500 others have been infected after a cholera outbreak hit Mandera County.

Many other deaths and infections could go unreported given the vastness of the county as the said figures were only the official ones.

A medical officer at the Mandera referral hospital told Nep Journal on condition of anonymity that the facility received over 30 patients on Friday alone.

“The number of patients is increasing by the day. The isolation ward is full with each bed shared by two patient, thus forcing us to set beds in the corridors to accommodate the increasing number,” said the medical officer.

The crisis have been worsened by shortage of the necessary drugs at the County’s biggest facility with relatives of some of the patients confirming to Nep Journal how they rely on private pharmacies and chemists for supply of basic items such as IV fluids.

Health officials have directed closure of foods kiosks and road side food vending to curb spread of the disease.

The disease was first confirmed on April 29, 2016.

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