Government and health officials will debate whether to use a vaccine to stem the cholera outbreak.
The vaccine has been tested and approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The vaccine is given orally and health officials plan to quell the cholera outbreak by using the vaccine along with other measures. The Standard reports that the cholera outbreak has spread to ten counties so far, with over 2,000 cases reported and at least 53 people killed.
“We are meeting to discuss possibility of using the cholera vaccine in the most-at-risk populations with low sanitation levels to prevent them from a future outbreak,” James Macharia the Cabinet Secretary of Health told The Standard over the phone.
The deadly outbreak has heard calls from public figures including First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to take action to help stem the number of cases. Thus far health officials are blaming the outbreak on poor sanitation and unsanitary drinking water.
Officials are meeting on Thursday, May 21st to discuss the possibility of using a vaccine. Cholera has become an area of concern in Nepal after two major earthquakes hit the nation two weeks apart. The New Scientist reports that the WHO is stockpiling doses of the cholera vaccine to anticipate a possible outbreak.