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Medics want President Kenyatta to sack health CS

29 October 2014, 23:02

Nairobi - The secretary general of the Kenya national union of nurses Seth Panyako has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, for claiming that the ministry had trained personnel to handle the Ebola virus.

“In Kenya we are not trained to handle Ebola but he (Macharia) is telling half-truths by claiming that country was capable of managing an Ebola outbreak,” said Panyako

Panyako claimed that the ministry of health had collapsed under the CS adding that doctors and nurses had not been adequately equipped to handle Ebola cases and the ministry warning that misinformation should not be peddled.

He asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint someone from the health sector who is conversant with health issues to effectively handle health matters.

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“Busia is a porous point for transit of Ebola; I’ve greeted people including health workers , hugged them and yet they have not explained to me on how they are supposed to handle Ebola outbreaks when they occur even though the CS claims we are safe ,” he said

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria as ‘a spectacular success story’ for employing strategies fighting the disease that has so far claimed 4500 lives.

Nigeria has not reported cases of Ebola after 42 days of active surveillance by the WHO unlike Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where they have not won against the spread of disease.

The government of Kenya has established an Ebola isolation center at Kenyatta National Hospital that is more than 500 km from Busia and Malaba towns that are busy transit points of travellers from Eastern and central African countries and lack proper training and equipment to handle the epidemic disease.

The specialized unit’s at Kenyatta National hospital will have isolation, changing and treatment rooms but Panyako said that one center was inadequate and health workers were totally unprepared to handle the scourge.

Kenya has been classified by the World Health Organization as a high risk country for the spread of Ebola though no cases of Ebola outbreak have been reported.

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