Kenya heightens health screening at western border points as Uganda battles Ebola outbreak

Uganda declared its ongoing Ebola outbreak on September 20 in Mubende district. /CFP
Uganda declared its ongoing Ebola outbreak on September 20 in Mubende district. /CFP

Kenya’s Health Ministry says it has heightened screening along its western border points following the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Uganda.

Ag Director of Acting Director-General for Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth, while speaking to journalists urged Kenyans to minimize cross-border movements in order to minimize the risk of spreading the deadly disease.

“We appeal to members of the public to minimize their movements in and out of the country through entry points along our Western border unless it is extremely necessary. Those crossing at any of our border points should exercise maximum care as advised and guided by our health personnel at the entry points,” state broadcaster KBC quotes Dr. Amoth.

Dr. Amoth’s remarks came as tests on a suspected case of Ebola in the western county of Kakamega returned negative results. The patient, a 32-year-old man who had recently traveled to Uganda, remains in isolation in accordance with health guidelines.

“We would like to appeal to members of the public to continue being vigilant and also stay safe by strictly observing hygiene measures that would protect them against this deadly disease,” Dr. Amoth added.

Uganda declared its ongoing Ebola outbreak on September 20 in the Mubende district.

So far 38 cases have been confirmed in Uganda with eight deaths officially reported.