A new management information system for port health is launched

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 27, 2017   – The Ministry of Health has launched a singular automated platform, to fast track the processing of Export and Import Health certificates and international travel vaccination certificates at Points of Entry.

The new e-portal for Port Health Services (PHS) launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu on Thursday is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking trade certification processes for exports and imports (EXIM).

“Port Health Officers must fully utilize the provisions of the system to ensure that processes leading to certification of goods at Points of Entry such as inspection, verification, sampling and laboratory analysis are fast tracked, to ensure that all applications are processed electronically and completed within 12 hours of a client’s lodge,” said Dr. Mailu who was represented by the Head of Preventive and Promotive Health Services, Dr. David Soti.

The CS noted that the system which is integrated in the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System for integration with KenTrade will reduce the lead time taken to approve EXIM consignments in line with performance targets drawn from the Mombasa Port Community Charter.

“Port Health Services play an important role in trade facilitation through inspection of goods of public health importance at the Ports of Entry and issuance of Export and Import Health Certificates. Some of the goods handled are perishable in nature and require to be processed within the shortest time possible. Automation of port health services is therefore of critical importance,’’ he argued.

He added that the e-portal is timely as it responds to the Government’s policy of promoting automation of services for greater efficiency, transparency and a platform for user friendly online service for faster electronic processing of applications for Export and Import Health Certificates.

“The portal provides a forum for Port Health Officers to share information on movement of goods through the country and will greatly contribute towards creation of an enabling environment for business transactions and thus enhance Kenya’s commercial profile,’’ he said.

The CS commended Trademark East Africa for supporting the development of the system.