Cholera Outbreak: KOT Roast CS Mailu For Skipping Weston in Closure Orders
The Health ministry has defended Weston hotel after Kenyans on social media questioned why it was not closed over Cholera outbreak.
This was after twitter users sought clarification from Health CS Cleopa Mailu following orders for the immediate closure of Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels.
The two popular city hotels are said to have supplied food at public functions during which cholera cases were reported.
However, Weston Hotel -owned by Deputy President William Ruto, was not closed on grounds the food it served the affected was outsourced.
Doctors who attended a conference at the hotel posted laboratory results on social media showing they tested positive for cholera.
The ministry on Thursday said via twitter: "Weston incidence was as a result of outsourced food."
This angered Kenyans on twitter who tasked Mailu to explain why the hotel was not closed and yet it was 'the carrier of Cholera'.
"Instead of Mailu closing Weston hotel he closes vibandas which have never heard any case of cholera," Kelvin Kalz, a twitter user, said.
Agot Bonface said: "Power corrupts. CS Mailu orders closure of Jacaranda & San Valencia hotels. Weston Hotel, the genesis of #CholeraNairobi is untouched."
"So @WilliamsRuto Weston hotel can continue spreading cholera endangering peoples lives but go unmentioned?," Shaw Grady said.
@Waambui said: "Maybe Health CS Mailu is only closing those hotels that have no license to spread cholera. Weston Hotel must be having one."
"Weston Hotel was the first Hotel to propagate kipindupindu. It has been excluded from the list of hotels closed. Anyway… Cartels!," said Abraham Mutai.
Weston outsourced food
The users argued that hotels don't get food from outside. Cholera has killed four people since May.
"It is common knowledge that hotels don't allow food and drinks from outside," @Jarnner said.
Peter Okong'o said: "This absolute rubbish. Hotels make money from conferencing, food and accommodation. Can you imagine Serena ordering food from Kosewe's?"
"If you start playing Tom and Jerry games with cholera, then be assured it is here to stay. Be courageous and shut down Weston!," Jack Otieno Odunga said.
Daisy Amdany said: "Are you guys sober? Someone needs to sue you people for criminal negligence and for taking Kenyans for fools!"
At least 79 people with confirmed cases of cholera are being treated in various Nairobi hospitals.
"Authorities are setting up 10 more treatment centres to deal with the outbreak," Mailu told a news conference on Wednesday.
Some 101 patients are admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital.
On Tuesday, the Health ministry cancelled the medical certificates of all food handlers to contain the cholera outbreak that has hit Nairobi.
Medical services director Jackson Kioko directed all county health departments to conduct fresh medical examinations.
Kenya has suffered several waves of cholera since 1971, according to World Health Organization.
An outbreak in March last year killed 216 people across the country and left at least 13,000 hospitalised.
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