Waterborne Disease Scare In Kibera

A few days ago, after being heavily rained on. I developed fever and a condition that could have been caused by the weather changes, that is the on going heavy rains across the country, just like the average Kibera person would react, I went to a chemist shop, bought a few malaria tabs, took them and hoped that I would wake up the next day feeling okay. But unfortunately, on the next morning, I wasn’t just still sick, but my family too.
And as the rain persists, with cold and muddy environment. Waterborne diseases and infections are much more likely to be on the rise and still, much likely to ‘catch’ everyone unprepared, probably with the same reaction as me.

A Section of an area swept by Flood (Pic By Jacob Ouma) 

Those living in areas with heaps of garbage that also see a lot of floods and muddy conditions with smelly dirt are the most threatened in this case and also the least likely to seek the much required medical assistance either prior or during any water related infection.

This is one of those times that we need medical camps to help educate people on the their health now that we have a lot of stagnant water all round, unsafe water outlets that pass through the dirty sewage in which largely populated residential areas more threatened by the floods.

At the time of publishing this, I was feeling much okay since it was just a cold weather fever, and not cholera or typhoid as I had feared earlier, that came as a result of being rained on and exposed to too much cold.

And if nothing is done, We are yet to see an overflow of patients in our few hospitals and medical centers within the few days to come. which, to be more precise, are already here with us. after I saw how on demand, the anti-malaria drugs are, grabbing a bottle to myself too today.

About Steve Banner

My greatest passion is storytelling. I’m a blogger, producer, editor, and a camera person with over four years of experience covering stories in Kibera and Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya. I worked for Kibera News Network, which is funded by Map Kibera Trust.My passion is telling stories about community issues. In the past, I’ve done stories for about incomplete government projects dealing with water and housing in Nairobi slums. My goal is to amplify the voice of my neighbors and fellow slum dwellers. I’d love to pass my film making skills to others in my community through training sessions, so we can increase the number of stories coming out of the slums, where so many Kenyans live.Like many people in Kibera, I have other jobs, too. .... I’m very passionate about music too, I'm also a Deejay by proffesion and I love oldschool music,
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