Confirmed cases of the Chikungunya Virus in the Voi area
Madame Kelly, Kileva Health club/first aid patron
Margaret Kiriro, Kileva Operations Director
There have recently been 4 or 5 confirmed cases of the Chikungunya virus in the Voi area. Symptoms include fever, nausea, painful & weakened joints, headaches and dizziness, and there is currently no known treatment. The name Chikungunya comes from the Makonde language (one of the native languages in Tanzania) and means ‘that which bends up’, owing to the crippling pain in the joints caused by the virus.
In an effort to contain the spread of the disease, the Public Health Officer in charge of the Sagala Zone visited Kileva Primary at the end of last week to pass on information about the virus.
The Officer is shown (in the red T-shirt) talking to both teachers and pupils from class 4 to class 8. She said that the virus is mostly spread by certain mosquitoes at daytime. She also touched on the signs and symptoms, and because the virus has no known treatment, the Officer emphasized mostly on prevention.
Blood tests are done at Ikanga St Joseph’s Shelter of Hope and Moi Referral Hospital in Voi, which are the only acredited facilities to be able to perform the tests.