Tackling the Cholera Menace in Nairobi
Since May this year there has been a few reports of cholera outbreaks in Nairobi, some of which have been deemed fatal and this has forced the Nairobi county government to issue an alert on the cholera outbreak.
Given that we are a cleaning company, we feel the obligation to participate in the conversation that will help our readers to identify, prevent and even control spread of the disease. We hope you can follow and share the tidbits so you and your loved ones can be safe.
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Various medical professionals advise that the disease is most common in places with poor sanitation, crowding, war and famine. It has also been established that knowing various facts about cholera can help protect you and your family from infection and / or spreading the infection.
Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, is usually found in food or water that is contaminated. Common sources of the bacterium include:
- Public water supplies;
- Ice made from untreated water;
- Foods and drinks sold by unsanitary vendors;
- Food and drinks handled/prepared with unsanitary water;
- Vegetables grown with water containing human waste. infected by the bacteria
- Raw or undercooked fish and seafood caught in waters polluted with sewage
When a person consumes the contaminated food or water, they could be exposed to the disease bearing bacteria, which could lead to symptoms of cholera such as diarrhoea.
Although it is not likely that you would catch cholera just from casual contact with an infected person, thus it is recommended that you remember to always wash your hands after shaking hands with different people.
Symptoms of cholera can begin as soon as a few hours after infection. Should you experience one or more of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention from an approved medical practitioner.
- Sudden diarrhea which happens in quick succession ;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Rapid weight loss;
- Low blood pressure;
- Sunken eyes;
- Physical weakness;
- Stomach cramps and aches;
- Rapid heart rate
Please bear in mind that, if medical care is not sought with urgency, the dehydration caused by cholera can lead to shock and death in a matter of hours.
- Pay attention to personal hygiene; wash hands thoroughly with soap as often as you can remember, throughout the day, before preparing food, before eating and after using the toilet;
- Do not buy food from unlicensed and unsanitary food vendors ;
- Pay attention to the conditions of shops and handling of the food/drink;
- Keep raw/uncooked food separately.;
- Use separate utensils for handling/storing cooked and uncooked foods to avoid cross-contamination;
- Boil drinking water;
- Keep a clean kitchen;
- All refuse should be in a covered bin and soon after taken away. This is where we come in with proper garbage and waste management services. http://parapetcleaning.com/services/garbage-waste-management-service/
Be sure to use bottled, boiled, or treated water for the following purposes:
- Preparing food or drinks;
- Making ice;
- Brushing your teeth
- Washing your face and hands;
- Washing dishes and utensils that you use to eat or prepare food;
- Washing fruits and vegetables.
As Parapet, even as we offer office cleaning services, http://parapetcleaning.com/services/executive-office-cleaning/ we shall endeavor to ensure the highest standards of hygiene for you and your team members to prevent contamination and even further spread of the disease.
In the meantime, please see your nearest health care provider for more information or should you suspect you have symptoms of cholera.