The county government has ordered roadside food sellers and unlicensed drinking water vendors to close shop following the cholera outbreak in Nairobi that has been spreading fast.
The Ministry of Health on Tuesday also canceled medical certificates of all food handlers as it directed county health units to inspect all eateries in 21 days.
Two patients who had been admitted at the Kenyatta national hospital (KNH) died of the disease on Monday.
At least 50 people suffering from cholera are reported to be admitted in KNH in ward 1F.
On Friday last week, top government officers, including National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, his Trade colleague Adan Mohammed and Trade Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo as well as a number of staff from the two ministries were admitted at Nairobi hospital and treated for cholera-related symptoms. This was after they ate food at a trade event at KICC.
Some journalists covering the trade expo were also affected by the incident.
In June, at least 47 guests who had attended a science conference at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi’s Lang’ata estate were hospitalized following a cholera outbreak at the hotel.
336 cholera cases have been reported since May this year. The government has sensitized Kenyans to boil drinking water and wash their hands after going to the toilet and before they eat.