REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Press Release on Ebola Prevention and Response Measures in the Country

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

PRESS RELEASE ON EBOLA PREVENTION AND RESPONSE MEASURES IN THE COUNTRY

The attention of the Ministry of Health had earlier been drawn to a confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Kasese District, western Uganda and issued a press release on 12th June 2019.

Following the appeal to the public to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases, a 36 year old lady who had travelled from Malaba town on the Kenya-Uganda Border presented herself on 16th June 2019 to a health facility in Kericho after experiencing symptoms of headache, fever and vomiting.

The Rapid Surveillance and Response Team has examined the patient who is in stable condition and has confirmed that she DOES NOT meet the case definition for Ebola.  Precautionary measures have been put in place including isolation of the patient and submission of blood samples to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for testing.

I wish to reassure all Kenyans and our visitors that we do not have any cases of Ebola and indeed the ministry has undertaken and continues to implement the preparedness measures as follows:

  • An alert to all health workers and the general public to enhance surveillance measures.
  • National Ebola Preparedness and Response Contingency Plan to guide the implementation of Ebola prevention and response activities in the event of an outbreak.
  • Coordination of preparedness and response: through a multiagency Ebola preparedness and Response Committee.
  • The Ministry of Health has established Ebola Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) comprising of medical specialists in disease control and laboratory scientists who are trained in investigation and testing for Ebola Virus Disease.
  • Screening of incoming passengers and travelers using automated thermo-scanners and hand-held thermo-guns at the major airports and other ports of entry including Wilson Airport even though it is mainly domestic.
  • Facilities for Isolation of suspected cases, Case management, and Infection Prevention and Control exists at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) among others for isolation and management of suspected or confirmed cases.
  • The Ministry has prepositioned Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies (pharmaceuticals, non-pharmaceutical, hand hygiene supplies and examination equipment) in all the points of entry.

The ministry has a total workforce of 229 staff deployed at various ports of entry and in addition 21 Ebola champions have been deployed to support the team.

The Ministry remains committed to ensuring that relevant surveillance measures are in place to safeguard the health of all Kenyans and visitors.

I wish to remind members of the public to remain vigilant. Those with fever, chills, headaches and a history of recent travel to affected countries should present themselves to the nearest health facility or contact the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Operations Centre through the following hotlines:  0732353535 and 0729471414.

 

Sicily K. Kariuki (Mrs.), EGH

CABINET SECRETARY FOR HEALTH

17TH JUNE 2019

 

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