Following the recent ebola cases in Uganda, the Ministry of Health has put in place measures to inhibit the virus from penetrating into Kenya.
One task the ministry is focusing on is educating the health officials and the public concerning the virus.
“A national ebola preparedness and response contingency plan has been developed to guide the implementation of ebola prevention and response activities in the event of an outbreak,” the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Sicily Kariuki, said.
A response committee has also been formed to coordinate preventative and response interventions. The committee will be headed by the Director General of Health, Dr John Masasabi.
“The ministry of health has also established a rapid response team in the headquarters and counties comprising of medical specialists who were trained in investigation and testing of ebola virus disease,” the Health CS told journalists at JKIA.
“The ministry has a total of 259 staff deployed at the various points of entry and in addition in last one week deployed 21 ebola champions who have been brought in to support the national team, ” the CS added.
That response team will be responsible for screening those getting into the country through airports and border points.
“This is being done using thermo-scanners which are automated as well as the hand-held thermo-guns at the major airports and other ports of entry including Wilson Airport even though that is mainly handling domestic traffic, ” Ms Kariuki told journalists in a press briefing.
In addition, isolation facilities have been set up to prevent the spread of the infection. Among them is Kenyatta National Hospital and JKIA.
To prevent the spreading of ebola, pharmaceauticals and hygiene supplies have been put in place at all the entry points.
“I wish to remind members of the public to remain vigilant. Those with any cases that range from fevers, chills, headaches, and especially history of recent travel to affected countries should present themselves to the nearest facility or contact the ministry emergency operations centre through the following hotlines: 0732 353535 or 0729 471414,” the Health CS said.