A cholera vaccination programme targeting at least two million individuals in high-risk areas has been approved by the government for implementation.
The Cabinet expressed concern about the number of deaths brought on by cholera-related attacks in the counties of Nairobi, Murang'a, Kajiado, Garissa, Nakuru, and Uasin Gishu during a meeting on Tuesday at State House, presided over by President William Ruto.
In a press release from the President's office, it was stated that "Cabinet urges all Kenyans to maintain exercising good hygiene standards as was prescribed at the peak of Covid-19 disease control measures."
There have been four fatalities and 320 confirmed cases in Garissa County. The four refugee camps of Hagdera, Ifo, Dagahley, and Saretho are home to the majority of the cases.
The majority of the cases are still found in the refugee camps, but the host population has also been affected, according to Garissa County Health CEC Ahmenasir Omar. Several of our sub-counties are now being impacted.
For his part, county commissioner Boaz Cherutich said: "We have received assurances that UNICEF and the Kenya Red Cross will work closely together. Because children under the age of five are the most vulnerable, we will use the health institutions and clinics where the officer in charge of nutrition is located to reach out to them.
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