No More Chikungunya; Health Boss Says

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By The COAST Reporter

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Mombasa County Department for Health has confirmed that the ministry has been able to contain Chikungunya outbreak within the county.

Addressing Journalists in Mombasa on Friday on the status of Chikungunya, the county executive for health Hazel Khoitaba said out of the 453 cases reported by the ministry of health countrywide only 32 cases tested positive.

She added that there is a drop of upto 7 per cent insisting that the drastic drop was due to stringent measures put in place by county health officials to contain the epidemic.

“Out of the 453 cases reported throughout the country, only 32 cases have been confirmed positive” she said

Khoitaba noted that health officials have been controlling the vector borne disease fogging exercise conducted in various sub counties.

In a bid to contain the epidemic, Khoitaba stated that county officials have been using social media sites and conducting radio talk shows throughout the county.

“We have as a county been conducting fogging and spaying all the residential places within this county.” Khoitaba outlined

The county health boss said through the county health community workers they have reached the public by conducting health awareness campaigns in a bid to eradicate the disease.

She however insisted that the health officials within the county are committed to eradicating the epidemic.

“Our county health community workers have been educating the public on the various ways of containing the disease.” The county health boss said

The executive vowed to go on with the exercise of preventing and controlling the disease through fogging and spraying all residential places in order to curb the spread of the malady.

“We shall continue with the fogging exercise in a bid to fully contain the epidemic.” She said

By January 4, 2018, the Ministry of Health had reported 69 cases of which 32 samples have been tested at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Labs in Nairobi.

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually lasts for a few days or may be prolonged to weeks.

 The virus can cause acute, sub acute or chronic disease.

The response is hampered by community members treating themselves at home hence few cases being seen in hospitals, existence of massive breeding sites in the affected areas and inadequate vector control chemicals.

Chikungunya is a preventable and self-limiting disease.

Communities have a major role to play to control the outbreak and are encouraged to use personal protection measures to minimize human contact with mosquitoes in the form of mosquito repellent preparations over the exposed body parts, and insecticide-treated bed nets and window screens even while sleeping during the day.

They should be advised to cooperate during spraying, fogging and destruction of larvae before they mature into full grown mosquitoes.


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