At least ten children have lost their lives due to the Rotavirus infection in Mombasa, as announced by the county governor, Abdulswamad Nassir, on April 11. Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that causes diarrhoea, primarily in children under the age of five.
According to Nassir, the county has confirmed three out of 75 cases under investigation at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The Kenya Red Cross and the department of health reported that seven out of the ten reported cases were male.
Mahmoud Noor, the chairman of Kenya Red Cross Mombasa, revealed that three cases were from Kisauni Subcounty, two from Nyali, and one from Likoni subcounty.
The outbreak has claimed ten lives, but four deaths are still unaccounted for due to incomplete data.
Mombasa is one of the counties affected by heavy rains, which have caused flooding in various parts of the county.
As per reports, the county has recorded 217 affected households, affecting approximately 1,626 community members directly and 25,000 indirectly.
The Mombasa Disaster Management Committee, which comprises the county government of Mombasa and the Kenya Red Cross, reported that heavy floods completely damaged 22 houses in Miritini Madukani, Mburukenge, Kipevu, and Chaani area in Changamwe subcounty.
Another 35 houses were partially damaged in the same region.
Kenneth Ambani, the County Executive Committee Member of Public Service Administration and Social Services, revealed that 65 households are currently being hosted at Kipevu primary.
Ambani added that heavy rains have resulted in floods affecting the vulnerable in six subcounties, including Likoni, Mvita, Nyali, Kisauni, Changamwe, and Jomvu.
Mombasa has a population of 1.2 million people, and the authorities are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of its residents amid the heavy rains and the Rotavirus outbreak.