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Schools in Wajir fail to re-open as Cholera outbreak bites County

By Hussein Ahmed

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Wajir County Deputy Governor Mr. Abdihafid Yarrow (second from right), CEC for Education Mrs. Habiba Hussein (right) and Chief Officer – Education Mr. Abdullahi Maalim (left) in an assessment mission of ICF primary school’s ECD center on April 7, 2015. They are accompanied by the school’s teachers.

Students in Wajir County suffered yet another blow after a cholera outbreak in the town delayed reopening of schools.

Speaking to the press in Wajir town, Director of Education Hassan Duale said the delay was occasioned by precautionary measures put in place by the health ministry to curb spread of the disease.

The death toll stands at 11 people so far with more than 300 others undergoing treatment at local hospitals.

The development comes at a time when the education sector in Wajir and the rest of North Eastern counties is reeling from the effects of teacher shortages caused by mass exodus of non-local teachers in the wake of increased terror attacks in the region.

Even though the security situation of the region has improved, many teachers are yet to return with some already securing transfers to other regions.

County Public health and sanitation secretary Abdinoor Mohamed on his part said that his ministry has put in place measures to curb spread of the disease.

Local markets and hotels have been closed following a directive from the ministry. Miraa traders were also banned from selling the stimulant inside the town.

Most residents of Wajir use bucket toilets and pit latrines in a town that has high water table hence contributing to the spread of the waterborne disease.

 

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