Scores succumb in numerous Kenya tragedies

Kenya tragediesFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SCORES of people have lost their lives following an outbreak of diseases amid escalating conflict, security challenges and a strike by health workers in Kenya.
Numerous schools and hospitals have also been shut because of ethnic clashes around the East African country.
The crises have deteriorated in recent weeks leading to a surge of cholera, black fever, dengue fever and measles.
Twelve deaths have been reported from 1 067 cases of cholera in the Garissa, Muranga, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir provinces while the black fever has claimed seven lives out of 277 cases. A person has died from dengue fever that has seen 1 200 cases reported in Mombasa and Wajir.
While there has been no death recorded from a measles outbreak in Garissa and Mandera, the situation is terrifying, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
Intermittent strikes by health workers are negatively affecting health and nutrition service provision in the affected provinces.
The strike has paralyzed fixed, outreach and mobile public health care services in all health care facilities and has impacted heavily on healthcare services including routine vaccination and skilled deliveries.
Conflict continues hindering provision of basic services, especially health and nutrition interventions with four health facilities along the Kenya-Somalia border closed.
Some 14 health facilities are closed due to continued inter-communal conflict while implementing partners including Unicef have shut down humanitarian operations to maintain the safety of their staff.
At least eight schools have been closed due to conflict over water and grazing fields in drought affected areas.
With general elections only a month away, the situation has been projected to worsen. International observers have warned of possible violence.
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