The Ministry of Health on Friday moved to assure Kenyans that it has secured all points of entry following the outbreak of Ebola in Uganda.
It’s however contraversial as woman in Kericho hospital reported to have been infected by the virus. This has created a lot of panic to both the residents of the area as well as health workers.
Health officials in Kericho County are on high alert following a suspected case of Ebola infection. A woman was on Sunday evening put in isolation at the Kericho County Referral Hospital after being taken in with suspected Ebola symptoms.
According to County Health Services Department Chief Officer, Dr. David Ekuam, the patient was traveling to Nairobi from Malaba at the border between Kenya and the neighbouring Uganda. Several people have died on this border following a recent outbreak of the Ebola disease.
The current Ebola epidemic began in August last year in eastern Congo and has already infected at least 2,062 people, killing 1,390 of them. The infections in Uganda confirmed that the deadly outbreak has spread for the first time beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Blood samples from the patient have been sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi for further analysis. The preliminary test results are expected to be ready within the next 24 hours.
Ebola is a viral disease that spreads through contact with bodily fluids, causing hemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding.The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
Dr. David said nobody will be allowed into the isolation room where the patient was being admitted.
Historically, Kenya has never been suspected of having any signs of Ebola virus.
The first Ebola epidemic in Africa was reported in West Africa in 2013 that killed more than 11,300 people. Unlike HIV virus whis is easily preventable there’s no cure for Ebola, though researchers are working on it.
As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood -clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding.
According to World Health organisation, (WHO) the key to containing and controlling an outbreak of the virus is good communication with affected communities.
It is crucial to trace those who may have been in contact with infected people, ensuring they get tested and receive treatment.
The Ministry of Health has now a great task control the spread of the disease into the country as well as to prepare for early detection and appropriate responses against the epidemic.