Ebola Alert in Kenya

  • Hotel employees in Conakry, Guinea after a training on Ebola. Ministry of health, Kenya is now vigilant to arrest any issue surrounding Ebola in case it arises. Photo: Wikimedia

Kenya is on high alert following the outbreak of ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Through the Ministry of Health, Kenya is now vigilant to face any issue surrounding ebola in case it arises.

The ministry has brought back screening centres at points of entry into Kenya as it seeks to eliminate the threat of the virus being brought in the country.

There have been no cases of the deadly virus in Kenya so far.

The Kenyan government is keen to enhance surveillance and has re-assigned rapid response teams. The government says the teams will help tend travellers with ebola symptoms and a travel history from or through the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The reports also indicate that rooms at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have also been modified to quarantine suspected cases of ebola.

Diagnostic services at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), isolation and treatment centres at Kenyatta National Hospital, and regional facilities have also been put on high alert to detect and effectively respond to any suspected cases of the disease in the country.

The ebola outbreak has hit the Democratic Republic of Congo and has claimed three lives with other six being hospitalized.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ebola symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and hemorrhaging, all of which can begin two to 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Though the government insists that the outbreak occurred in a remote zone in the DRC and had been responded to effectively, the ministry says it has re-activated measures it undertook in 2014, during the outbreak in West Africa, to ensure that the risk of the virus coming into Kenya is eliminated.