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Nakuru increases surveillance to detect Ebola

12 August 2014, 15:38 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru County Chief Officer of Health, Samuel Mwaura has said that his ministry has intensified surveillance in the county to detect any cases of Ebola.

Mwaura said that they have also issued circulars to members of the public explaining the symptoms of the killer disease.

Speaking Tuesday morning after holding a special meeting with the committee of health at the Nakuru county assembly, the chief officer urged local residents to report any suspected case of Ebola to the nearest health center.

He also noted that they are working closely with game rangers and hoteliers to prevent infections from visitors.

“We don’t want to leave anything to chance and that is why we are also working closely with hoteliers and game rangers because the visitors who are coming from other countries could be carrying the disease,” he said.

Mwaura at the same time said that they are also working on having a hotline where the public can report any symptoms of Ebola.

While commenting on the issue of county health workers' payments, Mwaura said that all county workers should be patient as they will be fully paid their dues.

He admitted that in the last financial year they had small hitches that have already been addressed by the office of finance.

Mwaura said that it will be pointless for county health workers to go on strike yet the money has already been disbursed to the ministry.

“My appeal to them is to be patient because we are going to pay them,” he said.

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