BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,19TH JULY 2017-The Jacaranda hotel in Nairobi was still operational on Wednesday evening despite the government directive to shut down over Cholera outbreak.The Ministry of Health had earlier on Wednesday indefinitely closed down the Jacaranda Hotel and San Valencia Restaurant following a cholera outbreak in Nairobi.
However in a statement sent to the press Wednesday evening,the Jacaranda hotel Management said it had not received any notice ordering it to shut down.The statement also added that there had no any single case of Cholera identified from any visitors who had visited the hotel for meals or even accommodation.
While issuing the orders to have the hotels shut Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said that the establishments will remain shut until they comply with new food safety requirements.
He indicated that more may be targeted after the government ordered all food handlers to acquire fresh certification within 21 days.
“We have so far closed two hotels – Jacaranda and Valencia and we shall continue to do so if there is evidence that there is risk to the public.”
“We are going to be very strict that if you are a hotel or a restaurant and you cannot serve the number of people coming to the conference, then you should not take up that assignment; and if you do and you want to outsource you should report to the City Public Health Department 14-days in advance so that people can go and check the source of that food,” the CS stated.
He explained that the certification shall only be issued once the staff and premises are tested and found to comply with set standards.
“We know there are close to a million food handlers in Nairobi and therefore in absence of authenticating the food handlers certificate, we expect owners of restaurants, food outlets to take this opportunity to ensure all workers within their premises are tested. This is not negotiable!” Mailu announced.
The Health Cabinet Secretary was speaking after visiting patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital which has received 101 patients since April when the outbreak was first reported, 67 of whom are currently undergoing treatment for a particular strain of cholera.The Jacaranda hotel in