Cholera knocks door in Coast Region

Friday August 28 2015

A trader sells home-made juice at Kariakoo in

A trader sells home-made juice at Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam yesterday. City authorities have banned food vendors from the streets of Dar es Salaam in an effort to contain the spread of the disease. The ban, however, has been generally ignored. PHOTO | SALIM SHAO 

By Syriacus Buguzi The Citizen Correspondent

Dar es Salaam. Cholera outbreak has now spread to most of the coastal areas of the country, about three days after the disease was reported to havespread beyond Dar es Salaam.

Coast becomes the third region where cases of the epidemic have been reported in about three weeks after the outbreak was confirmed.

Coast Regional health officer Simon Malulu told The Citizen yesterday that nine patients with typical cholera symptoms were admitted at some health centres in the region, with most cases reported to be coming from Mkuranga and Kibaha districts. One patient had already tested positive for the waterborne disease until yesterday. No death was reported. In the meantime, the number of patients reporting to hospitals with severe diearrhoea and vomiting has now increased to 340, up from 230 cases that were revealed on Tuesday.

Kinondoni health officer Mathias Kapizo told The Citizen in an interview that Ilala Municipality was the most affected with more than 200 patients in just a week.

The ministry of Health and Social Welfare this week banned food vendors in the streets of Dar es Salaam in an effort to contain the disease.

Yesterday Ilala Municipal Authorities took action against 100 residents who were caught violating the government’s order.

The Ilala District medical officer, Dr Victorina Ludovick said each of the culprits was issued with a fine worth Sh50,000 for violating sanitation laws. She said the police were now collaborating with the Municipal Health authorities in the efforts to ensure people observe the laws and maintaining hygiene. He said:

“The operation is going on in the rest of the districts in Dar. We’re using the police in order to reinforce the government’s order. Otherwise, the disease will continue to spread.” she said.