Government implements enhanced surveillance at JKIA against coronavirus


Nairobi Kenya, January 23, 2020 –  The Ministry of Health has enhanced the country’s level of alertness in response to the outbreak of coronavirus that has been reported China, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sicily Kariuki said today.

“We have activated our national taskforce that is multi-sectoral that is now receiving updates from the Wealth Health Organization in Geneva on how best we can respond, to safeguard the Kenyan people,” the CS said during the 5th Beyond Zero Medical Safari event presided by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at Uhuru park, Nairobi.

The CS reaffirmed that the ministry has enhanced screening at JKIA and  “I can confirm we are safe and there has been no case of Coronavirus. Our Hospitals are well equipped and ready to handle this virus,” she added.

The CS thanked the Governors from the 27 out of 47 counties who have so far signed the intergovernmental participatory agreement with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Devolution to scale up Universal Health Coverage in solidarity with President Uhuru Kenyatta Big four agenda.

She emphasized that  the Ministry of Health has adopted the Primary Health care approach as the main driver of UHC and more resources will be put to strengthening systems at the lower facilities to supplement the higher level facilities.

She thanked the Beyond Zero and NACC for being on the fore front to ensure their initiatives bridge the gap to help the Ministry achieve Universal Health Coverage.

The First Lady thanked all partners at the Ministry of Health  for providing medical attention and check-ups for a variety of ailments associated with Non-communicable diseases especially Cancer.

“As a country we escalate our call for the elimination of Cervical Cancer; the leading cancer afflicting our women in Kenya and I encourage our women and girls to take advantage of the free screening for prevention and early detection that we are offering during this medical safari,” she said.

She disclosed that Kenya is also working to accelerate the WHO targets for the elimination of Mother to Child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

“As we launch the Nairobi County EMTC business plan we will also be launching tulinde kizazi kijijini. My commitment to contribute towards Universal Health Care remains a priority. We will address the growing pressure for people centered quality care by providing easy access to quality services,” she added.