NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
health ministry said Monday it has formed a multi-sectoral taskforce to respond
to the cholera outbreak which has killed three people and resulted in 336 cases
said the constitution of the taskforce is multisectoral and its main task is to
respond to the ongoing cholera transmission, so as to kick cholera out of the
Medical Services Jackson Kioko said the taskforce is expanded to include
experts, ministry of water and irrigation, three UN agencies, Red Cross and
AMREF Health Africa among others.
“In order to
contain the situation and declare a cholera free country, the ministry of health
has with immediate effect constituted a taskforce to oversee that the situation
is put under control,” Kioko said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
announced a number of measures that included banning out-sourcing of food by
hotels and other meeting venues from unlicensed or un-inspected premises or
individual suppliers who have not met the health requirements.
canceled all medical certificates for food handlers and banning food hawking and
inspect all hotels in 21 days.
measures come after authorities on Saturday confirmed that 33 cases of suspected
cholera have been reported since July 12.
County Government Health Executive Bernard Muia said 33 patients were admitted
in various hospitals in Nairobi and doctors are expected to release final
results on the suspected cholera on Wednesday.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Trade and Industrialization
counterpart Adan Mohamed are among patients admitted to a Nairobi hospital with
suspected symptoms of cholera.
had symptoms was however treated and discharged Friday evening.
the latest incidence at the trade forum where the 33 persons ate food is being
investigated and samples of food water and sewer have been collected from
outsourced caterers and taken to the National Public Health Laboratory.
are expected in the course of next week. The total number of affected persons is
being compiled from different private health facilities in the city,” he said.
directed the County Health Departments across the Country to carry out water
quality assurance by testing all the water sources including random and regular
samples of the water from vendors.
ordered the health departments to carry out regular dialogue in cholera hot
spots and all informal settlements in order to empower communities on health
education, personal hygiene and sanitation.
must maintain adequate sanitation and hygiene in food storage preparation and
serving including valid medical certificate of food handlers and the disposal of
solid waste. Health Officials will make random spot checks to ensure compliance
to this directive,” Kioko said.