County govt bans hawking of cooked food in Mombasa over Cholera outbreak

Women selling food on the streets of Mombasa. PHOTO:COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa county government on Thursday banned hawking of cooked food and water kiosk vendors operating in the city, following the report of over 25 cases of cholera.

So far two people have lost their lives and several others admitted in Majengo area, at a quarantined place where they are receiving treatment.

Addressing the press in her office in Mombasa , County health Executive Hazel Koitaba said the move was meant to curb the spread of Cholera.

“As per yesterday Wednesday, we had 80 cases but after testing, we confirmed only 25 to be positive, as a county government we have taken it seriously and our officers are working round the clock to contain the situation,” said Miss Koitaba.

She said areas of Changamwe and Jomvu were most affected compared to other areas in the county.

“We also have cases from Kilifi and Kwale, each having two patients,” she added.

The heavy rains experienced in Mombasa county the past few weeks has been  suspected to be the cause of the outbreak, though most residents have said that the waste scattered in the city might be the main cause.