‘No More Fish In Mumias’, Ministry Of Health Orders
The Ministry of Health has banned the sale of fish and food in open places in the region as a preventive measure to stop further spread of cholera.
Fish businessmen from Homabay and Migori Counties will have to look for alternative markets for their fish and fish products.
This comes after reports of cholera in the two counties.
Speaking to Citizen TV, Mumias Health Manager Anthony Ngaira said that they have established that a big percentage of fish sold in Mumias is transported from Migori and Homabay counties, posing a threat to the cholera disease in Migori.
“We have banned the sale of food in open areas and those who will be found culpable will be arrested,” Ngaira Said.
Ngaira further cautioned small scale food traders to observe good hygiene and obtain health compliance certificates.
The County Government of Migori had announced a ban on hawking of food over cholera outbreak.The ban affected 10,000 traders in the eight constituencies.
The Migori County Executive officer in charge of Health, Mr. Elijah Odhiambo, ordered for daily inspection of all hotels and restaurants by public health staff to ensure they conformed to set hygiene standards.
Traders protested over the ban claiming it will lead to a rise in crime if not lifted fast enough.
At least six people died and eight others were admitted to various health facilities in Rongo and Awendo sub-counties.
By Tom Omulo.