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Ebola screening centre launched at Kenya-Uganda border

04 September 2014, 09:28 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Bungoma County Government has launched an Ebola screening centre at the Lwakhakha border point with Uganda, amid increasing fears that travelers from West African countries could sneak into the Kenya through the route.

Read ALso: Ebola scare as 122 West Africans exit Busia, Malaba borders

The unveiling of the Lwakhakha Ebola screening centre brings to three such sites in Western Kenya after Busia County Government opened up two at Busia and Malaba border crossing points in the Northern Corridor.

Speaking during the official launch of the screening point Tuesday, the Bungoma County Executive Committee member for Health, Water and Sanitation, Grace Khayota, said the centre at the international border is part of the special measures the County together with the Health Ministry has put in place to counter the spread of the deadly virus.

"Apart from the screening centre, we have also set up an isolation ward at Lwakhakha Dispensary and Bungoma County Referral Hospital. We are not taking chances with the highly contagious Ebola, and do not want to be caught unawares," said Khayota.

The Health CEC appealed to the National Government to consider forging a regional approach to battle the virus and come up with tough preventive measures to check the spread of Ebola.

"Ebola is not a disease we can joke about as it kills 90 percent of its victims and there is no known cure for it just yet. I am appealing to the Kenyan Government to hold talks with authorities in Uganda, South Sudan and Congo to mount a regional vigilance effort to ensure the Ebola virus does not spread into East Africa," said Khayota.

Read Also: Bungoma on high alert over Ebola threat

Bungoma County Health, Water and Sanitation Chief Officer, Situma Mukhwana, County Medical Director of Health Services, Dr Kubasu Wekesa and Bungoma West Medical Officer of Health, Dr Andrew Wamalwa were also at the launch.

Dr Kubasu Wekesa confirmed that the County has delivered protective gear and additional testing equipment to staff deployed at Lwakhakha Ebola screening centre.

1 552 people have died after contracting the virus in West African Countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), since the first case of the deadly disease was reported in the region.

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