There shall be mandatory screening at Kenya’s entry points to ensure the country keeps out coronavirus.
Speaking during the launch of an Isolation Centre at Mbagathi Hospital on Friday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that no one will be allowed into the country without being screened at all border points.
“We are screening everyone at the border points. No one is going to come to Kenya without being screened in all our borders even if walking on foot,” he said.
Following the outbreak, the Health ministry has set base in all airports and all entry points, including Namanga and Busia, to ensure everyone is screened. The Government has trained over 1,100 medics and deployed them at all border points in preparation for any outbreak. The medics have also been armed with the requisite tools as a safety measure to enable them handle victims should the virus finds its way in the country.
“We have met officials from EAC countries to enhance cross-border vigilance,” said the CS. He revealed that they are working with Red Cross, Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the USCDC to monitor the situation.
Other measures the Government has taken is a ban on international conferences within the country for 30 days.
“There will be no one travelling to Kenya for a conference of more than 15 peoples in the next 30 days,” Kagwe said.
The Government has partnered with Safaricom to launch a free SMS service about the diseases, what to do and general hygiene. Plans are underway to
conduct a public awareness campaign that will rope in the matatu sector and Boda boda operators through Ministry of Transport to improve hygiene beginning next week.
He urged Kenyans to ignore fake news about the virus and instead rely on the government for quick and accurate information.
“There is a lot of information out there we want to tell Kenyans to be careful with what they are consuming and instead seek clarifications which we will readily give,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta seven days ago unveiled a 21-member committee headed by Kagwe and directed it to establish an isolation centre at Mbagathi Hospital to handle expected coronavirus cases.