Monday, 13 October 2014

Kenya Free of Ebola Virus— Health Minister


Health Workers Carrying a dead victim of Ebola Virus

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says Kenya is not at risk of the Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever, which killed one person in Uganda last week, All Africa.com reported.

Marburg has similar symptoms to Ebola and is equally deadly because it has no cure.

Macharia yesterday said Kenya has put up adequate measures and health facilities and ports of entry are on high alert for Marburg.

"My ministry has set aside Sh670 million in readiness of any outbreak of either Ebola or Marburg virus," Macharia said.

This cash will be used to establish a private health facility for treatment and prolonged research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and KNH Kenyatta National Hospital, he explained.

He was speaking during celebrations to mark the World Mental Health Day at Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Macharia said the ministry has managed to train up to 20 per cent of health workers to handle an Ebola and Marburg disease outbreak in Kenya.

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