A 36-year-old woman who was admitted to the Kericho County Referral Hospital’s isolation unit on suspicion that should could be infected with the deadly Ebola virus disease has tested negative.
Earlier on Sunday, three other people who had taken the Kericho woman to hospital had also been put in the isolation ward at the referral facility. They were the woman’s husband and two others who had assisted him to take her to hospital.
The tests were carried in Kisumu by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratories. The blood samples from the woman who is currently admitted in the isolation unit at the Kericho County Referral Hospital have been confirmed to be NEGATIVE for Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) and other Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers.
The news comes as a relief as the country was thrown into a state of panic over a possible outbreak with health officials in neighboring counties such as Kisumu even setting up isolation wards.
Health CS Sicily Kariuki on June 17, 2019 confirmed that Kenya remains free of the deadly Ebola disease virus after tests conducted on a woman admitted to the Kericho County Referral Hospital’s isolation unit turned negative.
The ministry of Health wishes to reiterate to the general public and health facilities that we are prepared in terms of Ebola prevention and response measures and, therefore, there is no need for panic,” the CS said in the statement.
The CS noted that an alert has been issued to all health workers and public to enhance surveillance measures and report any suspected cases.
She was speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during an inspection of the screening exercise and Ebola preparedness by the medical teams at the airport.
Earlier on Monday, the Ministry of Health deployed a special team of health workers to the country’s points of entry following the heightened alert on the Ebola virus disease. The team battled Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. This is expected to boost screening and surveillance