admin | February 29, 2016
The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned last week that, as the rainy season approaches, the substandard water and sanitation situation in northeastern Kenya is creating ideal conditions for a future increase in cholera cases.
Since July 2015, more than 2,500 patients have been admitted to Wajir Hospital, and 39 people have died. Many water sources are drying up, and the lack of sufficient human waste disposal in the area means there is a high potential for further spread of the disease.
Charles Gaudry is MSF’s Head of Mission in Kenya. He says, “The outbreak that has been affecting Kenya for over a year now is far from over. We need much stronger and immediate emergency measures to be taken.”
To read the full article, go to: http://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/kenya-msf-warns-future-cholera-spike-if-poor-water-and-sanitation-conditions-wajir-are?utm_content=buffer9d80d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Photo: Substandard water and sanitation is creating ideal conditions for a future increase in cholera cases. Alongside the Wajir County Department of Health, MSF carried out a health promotion campaign and distributed water purification kits to 5,728 families. Credit: MSF