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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki during an interview at her office in Nairobi on November 9, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Cabinet downplays Ebola scare in the country

June 18, 2019

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist-27

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki during an interview at her office in Nairobi on November 9, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki during an interview at her office in Nairobi on November 9, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has allayed fears of the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country, saying the suspected patient is in stable condition.

Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during an inspection of the screening exercise and Ebola preparedness by the medical personnel, Kariuki assured the public that the country is free from Ebola.

“A rapid surveillance and response team has examined the patient who is in stable condition and has confirmed that the patient does not meet the case of definition of Ebola. Allow me to confirm to Kenyans that the patient does not meet the case definition of Ebola,” said Kariuki.

“I wish to reassure all Kenyans and our visitors that we do not have any cases of Ebola and indeed the ministry has undertaken and continues to implement the preparedness measures,” she added.

He further disclosed that the government has laid down strict measures to handle the suspected case. She noted the ministry has deployed 229 staff at various points of entry into the country, including 21 Ebola champions.

A 36-year-old woman has been put in Isolation at Kericho County Referral Hospital in the Kenyan Rift Valley over suspected Ebola symptoms. She was experiencing headache, fever and vomiting.

Her blood samples had been submitted to the Kenya Medical Research Institute for further analysis.

The woman was reported to have travelled from Busia, border of Kenya and Uganda.  Uganda is on high alert after two people, a woman and her five year old grandson died few days after arriving from DRC which has been battling with the killer disease for years.

The number of people put in isolation in Kericho over fears of the lethal disease has risen to four.

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