NAIROBI– The Kenyan government has ordered the screening of all travellers entering the country following the declaration of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Health Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Sicily Kariuki said here Wednesday that entry points such as Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in nairobi, and the Busia and Malaba border checkpoints have been put on high alert after the outbreak is reported to have claimed 17 lives in the DRC.
The deadly Ebola virus has made a comeback to the continent after the DRC declared the presence of the virus on Tuesday, with 17 person already been reported dead in the northwestern town of Bikoro.
Kariuki announced that in line with international health regulations, “the country is now conducting routine screening of all travellers at points of entry, including JKIA, Busia and Malaba border points.
At theese entry points, she confirmed that the government has installed Thermal Guns to detect any person with elevated temperatures. The Health 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 Minister called for calm, saying the country had the capacity to detect and respond swiftly to any disease emergencies.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK