Nairobi County Health Committee has today met hotels, restaurant and eateries owners to come up with safety measureS on how to curb the spread of cholera in Starehe sub county after cholera cases were detected in Muthurwa market.
Nairobi County Assembly Health Committee Chairman Maurice Ochieng, has directed the restaurants to observe high level of hygiene as they operate the eateries.
“You must help us weed out this disease. It is a communal responsibility but we want to put every stakeholder on notice. You must ensure that all these eateries have complied with hygiene standards,” said Ochieng.
“We shall also conduct sensitization programs on specific hotels to enhance our deliberate efforts to curb the spread of this disease,” he said.
The hoteliers have pledged to maintain hygiene and help the county in containing cholera.
“We have washing points at entrances some are also inside just to ensure that our customers are safe and hygiene standards are maintained before and after meals. We have also ensured that our staff members are well trained and they have food handling certificates,” Ajode a manager at Ajode Restaurant told the committee.
This comes after one person was diagnosed with the disease and was admitted at the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi.
Patricia Mwangi, the public medical officer Starehe Sub County says that they have so far had five cases in three weeks.
Meanwhile Nairobi County Public Health Officials were yesterday attacked in Kayole’s Soweto area while on a food joint raid.
The officials had gone to close down food joints in the area after reports of cholera outbreak.
Residents claim that there have been reported cases of cholera with a number of people treated at a local hospital.
“Closing down these food joints is not the solution. These officials should instead focus on ensuring that this place is clean,” James Mukasa told Ghetto Radio News.
By Allan Otieno