Government orders Ebola screening at entry points


The government has ordered the screening of all travelers coming entering the country following an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki says entry points like the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Busia and Malaba border points have been put on high alert after the outbreak claimed 17 lives in DRC.

Tthe deadly Ebola virus made a comeback to the continent after the Democratic Republic of Congo declared its presence on Tuesday.

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Seventeen people already been reported dead in the north-west town of Bikoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Following this revelations the Kenyan government, through the ministry of health has instituted measures geared towards preventing the entry of the disease into the country.

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Health cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki announced Wednesday evening that “as per international health regulations, the country was now conducting routine screening of all travelers at points of entry including JKIA, Busia and Malaba border points.”

At the said entry points the government has confirmed that it has installed Thermal Guns to detect any person with elevated temperatures.

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The ministry has also established a National Health Emergencies Council whose role among others will be to act expeditiously to prevent any importation of Ebola or any other disease of public health importance.

The government however advices calm saying the country has the capacity to detect and respond swiftly to any disease emergencies.


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