VC calls on University Community to remain calm
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Timothy Wachira yesterday called on the Athi River campus community to remain calm following reports of suspected cholera outbreak over the weekend.
The VC spoke to students, staff and faculty at public information baraza convened at 10:00am to specifically address the situation at hand. He was accompanied by the Acting DVC (Academic Affairs) Prof. Levi Obonyo, the Acting DVC (Finance and Administration) Mr. Pius Muia, the Dean, School of Engineering and Health Sciences Dr. Martha Kiarie, University Services Manager Mr. Joshua Musyimi the Dean of Students Dr, James Karau, and Assistant Chaplain Rev. Josphat Musili, among others.
Later in the afternoon, the Deputy VC (Finance &Administration) Mr. Jomo Gatundu briefed the Press alongside other senior administrators.
By the time of the address, eight Athi River campus students had been admitted to various hospitals after presenting symptoms suspected to point to cholera. According to experts, the suspicions were based on the initial Rapid Test results and only the full culture results can confirm what it was.
Five of the eight were undergoing treatment while three were under observation. Another six had been seen at the University clinic and released. Parents of the affected students had been reached by Sunday and informed about the state of their children.
Speaking at the same Forum, Dr. Kiarie called on the University community to observe personal hygiene by thoroughly washing their hands, avoiding handshakes, and being cautious where they eat. She called on students living off-campus to treat their water with Water Guard, and ensure they only eat hot meals.
Back in Nairobi, the Chaplain Rev. Steven Nduto visited the admitted students for prayer and comfort, and confirmed that they were “safe, stable and strong.”
The VC and the management spent the better part of yesterday in consultations to lay out plans on how to control the situation.
The University also notified both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Health who have since advised the university management on how to contain the situation. The university clinic is confirmed to be well prepared and community members are encouraged to visit for the preventive chemo-prophylaxis treatment.
In the meantime, the University has set up an Information Desk at the University Clinic. A public awareness campaign has also been rolled out by the Corporate Affairs Department in partnership with the department of Public Health.