The ministry of health has issued a warning to the public to be on high alert following the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in neighboring Uganda.
Kenyans are at risk due to their proximity to Uganda and the high volume of travel between the two nations, as noted by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
As a result of this, Kagwe has urged health professionals to remain on high alert, increase surveillance (particularly along the border), deploy fast response teams to aid in the detection of any possible cases, and report them as soon as possible.
“Screening of at-risk populations including travellers, truck drivers, bush meat handlers and health care workers should be prioritised,” read the advisory.
The Health Ministry has provided phone numbers for Kenyans to use in reporting any suspicious illness of such kind.
“If you come across such a person, notify the nearest health facility or administrative officers like Assistant chiefs or call the following hotline numbers immediately: 0729471414 or 0732353535.
“The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting public health threats and shall remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against any such threats including infectious diseases and that the citizens continue to receive quality health services,” reads part of the statement from the ministry.