Ebola not in Kenya,says Govt as elaborate screening measures for infection is mounted

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,11TH MAY 2018-The government  says there  is no any reported case of Ebola  in the country .The disease has since claimed close to 17 lives  in Congo .However   health cabinet secretary says there was no need to fear that it could  spread into the country.

At the same time the CS announced  elaborate measures that the government has put up  to ensure the country remained safe from infection , among them  100 health workers having  been deployed at JKIA to screening .

“There is no case of Ebola in Kenya and indeed we have intervention measures just in the event that anything occurs,” Sicily said.

She noted that 260 officers are on standby across the country and will help in monitoring the situation.

The CS told journalists that they have formed a National Emergency Council in efforts prevent any importation of the disease into the country.

“I set up the council two days ago. The government assures Kenyans and travellers that there is no Ebola case.”

“Adequate measure have been put in place that such a virus will not be imported into the country,” she added.

The Health CS said a standby ambulance, an isolation centre has been established adding that no flight from West African countries will be cancelled.

On his part her tourism  counterpart Najib Balala says he had communicated with his fellow CS in DRC who have assured him that DRC government had put in necessary measures to curb the spread.Balala has also warned international media against spreading false information about Africa’s status of the outbreak.

The CS says the outbreak was only reported in northern part of DRC and not Africa as claimed,the rest of continent remain safe.

On Wednesday, the government said it will screen travellers entering the country through the JKIA, Busia and Malaba border points.

This was after the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo left 17 people dead.

The DRC government made the declaration on May 8 after local health officials reported 21 patients showing signs of hemorrhagic fever.

 

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