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Over 100 Children in Boni Forest Suffer From Diarrhea, Bilharzia

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Diarrhea,bilharzia and skin disease outbreak has been reported amongst children in the five villages found in Boni Forest in Lamu County.

The villages where more than 100 children have been affected by the diseases include Kiangwe, Basuba, Mangai and Milimani.

The diseases are believed to be majorly contributed by consumption of dirty water by the locals especially since the drought season began.

Speaking to Opera News Hub on Wednesday, Lamu County Health Executive Dr Anne Gathoni said a team has already been sent to the ground to assess the situation and attend to all the affected children.

Dr Gathoni called on residents to be patient as the situation is being managed.

She said apart from treating the children, the county government of Lamu has also distributed aqua tabs to most of the households in Boni forest to ensure they undertake water treatment before consumption.

She said a water bowser has also been assigned to distribute fresh water to all the Boni villages so that residents can use it instead of relying on dirty water from rivers and open wells.

Residents in Boni forest have been using water from a river together with wildlife, a situation that is risking their health and lives.

“It is true. We received a call of the outbreak of diarrhea disease in Mangai and surrounding villages of Basuba Ward in Boni forest. We immediately sent a medical team in partnership with the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) and the Kenya Red Cross Society to respond to the outbreak and give us the facts on the ground. The team was airlifted and managed to treat 130 people out of which 20 had diarrheal disease and the rest with Bilharzia and skin diseases. We also managed to treat the water sources and distributed aqua tabs to the households in the area. The county government is also supplying fresh water with a water bowser to make sure we have a constant supply of water to the community. As we speak, the situation is currently under control. We have well trained Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) on the ground who are updating us every day. So far, we don't have any case reported to date,” said Dr Gathoni.

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