Alarm as Eight Students contracts Cholera in Mandera

February 14, 2023

Eight students from Moi Girls, Mandera County ,were on Friday admitted at Cholera Treatment Centre in the town after contracting Cholera.

Mr Abukar Abdi Sheikh, the county chief officer for health denied reports that a student succumbed to the disease on Sunday.

He added that the eight are responding well to treatment at the centre.

“We have not lost any patients from our facility. We are doing our best to manage the situation before it spreads to other towns in the county,” he said.

According to the school principal, Amina Wako, the students reported school while sick last week.

“We have students who reported last week but fell sick and they are being treated for cholera. They came with the disease from their homes,” Ms Wako said.

The students are among 48 patients being treated at the Cholera Treatment Center in the town.

“We have continued to record cases and at the moment we have 48 cases being managed at the treatment center but all are in stable condition,” Mr Abukar Abdi Sheikh, the county chief officer for health said.

Ms Wako said the school was out of risk since all the necessary measures had been taken.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera.

Symptoms include profuse watery diarrhoea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, loss of skin elasticity, dry mucous membranes, low blood pressure, thirst, muscle cramps and restlessness or irritability.

The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe and life-threatening.

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