Sunday, 24 Sep 2017

ALLEGED CHOLERA OUTBREAK AT MMU

PRESS RELEASE

 

DATE: MONDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2017                        TIME: 4.30PM

 

SUBJECT: ALLEGED CHOLERA OUTBREAK AT THE MULTIMEDIA UNIVERSITY OF KENYA         

Further to our press release yesterday Sunday 3rd September 2017 and media reports on the above subject, this is an update on health challenges faced by the police officers accommodated at the Multimedia University (MMU) hotel and measures taken by the University Management to contain the situation.

 

Update on Unfolding of the Events

  1. On Thursday 31st August, security officers were booked in the MMU hotel on half-board; they were to be provided with bed, breakfast and dinner.
  2. On Saturday 2nd September, a few officers reported feeling unwell at the MMU hotel and were taken to MMU health clinic and thereafter referred to Sinai Hospital at Rongai. Other cases were later reported and referred to the same hospital on Saturday and Sunday 3rd September 2017.
  3. The Public Health professionals were invited by the MMU management to assist with the situation.
  4. Later it was noted that there were other cases of police officers staying outside MMU who had also fallen sick and hospitalized at KNH.
  5. All the cases reported were positively diagnosed with Cholera by the Public health department.
  6. By the evening of Sunday 3rd September 2017, the Public Health officials had identified a probable place, outside the University, where the affected police officers could have contracted the disease.

 

Actions Taken By MMU Management To Manage To Situation.

The University Management has this morning Monday 4th September 2017 met with officers from the Ministry of Health Head Office and the Department of Public Health from Nairobi and Kajiado Counties.

Public health officers have done a detailed review of the situation and ruled out the contamination of students’ operational environment (such as kitchen, dining halls, hostels and toilets) since the facilities used by the students are distinct from the MMU hotel.

The public health officers have embarked on thorough disinfection of the University Health Clinic and entire MMU Hotel facilities including toilets, rooms, beddings, kitchen and dining halls. As a precautionary measure, the University has since embarked on an exercise to disinfect other areas such as students’ main kitchen, dining halls, hostels and toilets.

Management has also directed that all food handlers within the University to undergo medical examination and seek fresh certification from the relevant bodies. Added to this, all staff who had come into contact with the sick persons have been given preventive medication by the public health officers.

Going forward, the university intends to carry out sensitization sessions on communicable diseases for all students and staff.

The public health officers from both Nairobi and Kajado Counties are closely monitoring the situation and advising the Management on steps being taken to contain the situation.

The university remains, as always, committed to the safety and wellbeing of all its students, staff and guests.

 

 

Mutia Mwandikwa

Manager, Corporate Affairs

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