County govt slams CS Mailu over remarks about Chikungunya in Mombasa

Health CS Cleopa Mailu. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA:Mombasa County government has refuted claims that they have not reported the outbreak of Chikungunya to the Ministry of health.

Addressing journalists in Mombasa, Health CeC Hazel Koitaba said that the County has been collaborating with KEMRI, training laboratory programme alongside NGOs including World Health Organization.

“The remarks made by CS health Dr. Cleopha Mailu in regard to the outbreak in Mombasa County are unfortunate as the County is doing all that it can to counter the spread of Chikungunya contrary to claims made by him,” said Koitaba.

Mailu claimed that the county government has not been reporting incidents of diseases in the region as expected for action to be taken to remedy the same.

“The delay in administrating and being able to communicate can affect the population we want to serve. Rain, garbage and environmental condition encouraged breeding of mosquitos and transmission of disease, reporting disease outbreaks in a timely manner is important so that they can be prevented from spreading to other areas.” Dr Mailu said.

Dr. Mailu was speaking during an interview with journalists after officially opening the parliamentary committee on Health retreat at Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort in Shanzu, Mombasa on Tuesday.

Ms. Koitaba said that the County has put in measures including vector control and community health workers sensitizing the public on keeping the house clean.

“We would also like to confirm that there is no outbreak of Cholera in Mombasa and this can be confirmed by disease surveillance report,”said Koitaba.

When asked about the statistics of Chikungunya outbreak so far, Koitba was unable to indicate the total number of people affected by the disease so far.

On January 8, Mombasa County bought five modern spraying equipment for Sh15 million and the units were distributed across the six sub counties namely Mvita, Likoni, Changamwe, Kisauni, Jomvu and Nyali.