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Ebola scare as 122 West Africans exit Busia, Malaba borders

20 August 2014, 10:52 Jane Zack

Busia - Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said that his government has put adequate measures in place to deal with any Ebola outbreak.

The County boss said this Tuesday at the Customs offices during a joint meeting with security officers and stakeholders at the border town meant to cushion border residents on imminent Ebola outbreak.

"With the cancellation of flights to Ebola hit nations in West Africa by Kenya Airways. passengers have

started using Entebbe Airport and entering the country through Busia or Malaba. With porous border points, the prospects of Ebola outbreak in the country through the country's border points could be high, thus the need to take precautionary measures to deal with it," Ojaamong said.

The Governor said his County government had launched joint co-operation with the national government to address many challenges affecting border residents including Ebola scare.

Area County Commissioner, Isaiah Nakoru said Ebola is a threat, thus the need by the government to take pro-active steps to prevent the importation of the virus.

The County Public Health Officer, Ambrose Fwamba revealed that 122 people from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea have arrived or exited the country through Busia and Malaba borders.

"The fact that such a large number of nationals from the Ebola hit nations have passed through our borders in the last few weeks confirms the fears of an imminent outbreak of the killer disease.

"The County and national governments need to intervene as a matter of urgency to ensure that security personnel are posted along the porous borders to check on the influx of foreigners along unauthorized
routes," Fwamba said.

He further said a six-bed emergency preparedness ward had been set up at the County Referral hospital and a similar one at Malaba Health Centre.

"We have identified specific staff to be on standby just in case of any outbreak but locals along the border should co-operate with the government in revealing any strangers entering the
country," Fwamba observed.

Among those who attended the meeting included County CID Boss, Amos Teben, County Police Chief Halima Mohammed, Kenya Revenue Customs Officer Teresa Wanjagua and Immigration officer Richard Kinuthia.

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