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Western media spreading falsehood about ebola in Africa

29 October 2014, 15:07

Nairobi - Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetangula has accused Western media of unfairly painting Kenya as one of the countries affected by the dreaded Ebola pandemic.

He said Western media had the propensity to profile African countries in bad light.

Wetangula said it was unfair for foreign journalists to deliberately link Kenya with Ebola since not even a single infection has been reported in the country.

“We have heard of deaths from Ebola in Europe and America. The same cannot be said of Kenya and we do not understand why the Western media is targeting us,” Wetangula, who is also the Senator for Bungoma County, said.

He said the false reports by the media were hurting the economy since the number of tourists to the Coast region had drastically reduced.

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The Minority Leader said investors were also shying away from Kenya following the adverse reports and called on the government to mount a campaign to counter the negative publicity.

“What we need to do in fighting Ebola is to come clean and open, and tell the whole world our level of preparedness, our screening capacity and our ability to isolate any cases if they are detected,” he said.

“So nobody is safe because even doctors are dying of Ebola. What we pray for is to be constantly ready, prepared and open and deal with the cases as they come, isolate the cases and look for the possibility of treatment,” he added.

The CORD co-Principal said he hoped the vaccine that is said to have been developed in Canada hits the market soon to end the anxiety.

He said most hotels in the coast region had closed down due to lack of tourists, but attributed this to insecurity, which he said the government had a constitutional duty to address.

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