Nairobi Governor Mike Soko has confirmed that ninety five Kenyan police officers have been at several hospitals with cholera, and that eight eight of these cases are in the city.
Those who tested positive for the bacterial disease were part of a contingent of 340 officers who were providing security during the presidential petition hearings at the Supreme Court.
Sinai Hospital in Rongai, Kajiado county, has the largest number of those admitted having taken in 57 officers by late Sunday night.
26 officers tested positive and admitted at Nairobi Women’s Hospital while 12 were admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital.
He said that the outbreak is being monitored and that the national and county governments were conducting investigations to ascertain the report and confirm the source of infection.
“It has been reported that all patients are stable and that the situation is under control,” he said. “I appeal to all people…do not panic as adequate controls have been put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.”
The Governor asked the resident of Nairobi to observe high standards of hygiene and ensure their food is clean and properly cooked.
The officers are said to have contracted the disease at Multi Media University where they had been booked.
However, the Vice Chancellor of the institution Paul Mbatia has since then dismissed the claims saying the officers might have contracted the disease elsewhere.
Mbatia said the officers were only served supper and breakfast at the premises and got other meals from other establishments.
“If the officers had contracted the disease here, cases would be rampant as there are other guests we served the same meal. We suspect they might have contracted the disease else where.”
He added the officers would have left today had it not been for the outbreak.
The first case was reported on Saturday when some some complained of stomach disorders, diarrhoea and vomiting.