Cholera outbreak reported in Budalangi region

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Cholera outbreak
The Busia County government Health Department chief officer Asoka Itur

One person has been said to have died and seven others admitted at Port Victoria Level 4 Hospital after a cholera outbreak was reported in Budalangi region in Busia County.

According to the Department of Health report, the affected areas are Sigiri, Bunyala North, Bunyala West, and Magombe East.

Those hospitalized are isolated in a different ward to avoid further spread of the disease to other patients and locals in the hospital and region.

Busia County government Health Department chief officer Asoka Itur said that the outbreak is caused by a shortage clean water in the sub county that has forced residents to use contaminated water from boreholes.

Itur said  the lack of clean water in the area is caused by water pipes which busted few past days saying they are under repair at the moment.

Cholera outbreak
The Busia County government Health Department chief officer Asoka Itur

The county government has deployed a team of public health officers to tackle the spread of the disease being tasked to treat water sources in the constituency.

Itur added that the county government has partnered with UNICEF to address the widespread of cholera outbreak that has also been reported in the neighbouring county Siaya.

In the move to curb more cholera outbreaks, the county government issued orders to close all makeshift food selling dens and a ban to cooking food stuffs in ceremonies like weddings and funerals.

He further advised residents to avoid relieving themselves in the bush and to maintain high levels of sanitation by washing hands after using toilets as well as before and after meals.

Mr. Itur appealed to locals to report any suspected cases of cholera disease to the health officials for early intervention.