BY VICTOR VON NJAGI.
Nairobi is in panic due to the choler outbreak that has seen hospital wards full of patients diagnosed with the killer disease.Did you know your boiled egg vendor,smokie pasua,and even the finger licking roadside mutura could be a cause of cholera?
in the slums it even gets worse since the poor sewer drainage is a time bomb that could be a nightmare if the authorities do not take measures.The county health department announced that it had revoked food lincences to food vendors in the city but that is just a drop in the sea.
from water pipes that are relayed along sewer drainage systems joined together with rubber bands that could easily seep in bacteria from sewer systems ,to hotels famously known as ‘Kibandasky’ that are adjacent to the highly polluted rivers as a result to reckless disposal of sewer waste from uptown suburbs.
residents in the slum are highly exposed to infection to the bacteria Vibrio cholerae,this is due to illegal water vendors and unlicensed food outlets,vibandasky are still operating in the slums and their customers are still enjoying their delicacies innocently without knowledge of the risks that could come along.
according to the World Health Organization(WHO) Cholera is an extremely virulent disease that can cause severe acute watery diarrhea. It takes between 12 hours and 5 days for a person to show symptoms after ingesting contaminated food or water (2). Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated.
Most people infected with Vibrio cholerae do not develop any symptoms, although the bacteria are present in their faeces for 1-10 days after infection and are shed back into the environment, potentially infecting other people.Among people who develop symptoms, the majority have mild or moderate symptoms, while a minority develop acute watery diarrhea with severe dehydration. This can lead to death if left untreated.
The following are tips on how to prevent yourself from a cholera infection
drink and use safe water
Wash your hands often with soap and safe water* collapsed
Use latrines or bury your feces (poop); do not defecate in any body of water collapsed
Cook food well , keep it covered, eat it hot, and peel fruits and vegetables* collapsed
Clean up safely—in the kitchen and in places where the family bathes and washes clothes
Consider getting vaccinated before you travel
Keep safe and healthy!!!