The Health Department of Kenya has issued an alert to all counties in the country in view of a reported outbreak of Ebola in neighbouring Uganda. This information was shared with media by the health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
Kenyan authorities have now decided to respond to an alert that was sent by the Ugandan government to Kenya in line with East African Community Health Protocols over an illness that was detected in a village in Central Uganda. The high commission of Uganda in Nairobi is playing a vital role in this process.
Ebola Advisory Kenya
The Ministry of Health, Kenya, has recently released an advisory regarding Ebola Outbreak in Kenya.
As part of the ongoing government intervention, all county governments have been urged to remain vigilant, enhance surveillance, activate rapid response teams to help with the diagnosis of any suspected cases, make prompt reports, and screen vulnerable groups, such as travellers, truck drivers, bush meat handlers, healthcare workers, as well as sensitize the community to help identify suspected cases. It is recommended that health workers be trained on the importance of infection control, as well as case management, monitoring samples, and reporting suspected cases to the relevant authorities, as well as other appropriate stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness, and response measures.
Common Symptoms of Ebola
The Ebola virus is native to Africa and is most commonly found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva, or sweat. Ebola is a highly contagious virus and can be fatal if not treated immediately. Symptoms of Ebola include:
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
Early symptoms of Ebola may seem like the flu or other common illnesses. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor immediately so that you can be tested for the virus. Ebola is a serious disease that can be deadly if not treated right away.
Kenya Health Kagwe Ebola Advisory 2022
Health officials have advised the general public to take extra precautions when travelling to Uganda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo. People, in general, are encouraged to be alert for anyone who is displaying symptoms of an acute onset of fever, particularly if that person has recently been in contact with someone from Uganda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Another reason to avoid the region is because of the numerous health threats it may pose. These risks include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, sore throats, a rash similar to that of the common cold, red eyes, or bleeding from bodily openings.
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Ebola Helpline Kenya
Hotline numbers are 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35. If you have any Ebola symptoms or any related information, kindly use the given helpline numbers to inform the department.