Medical practitioners doubt Kenya's preparedness for Ebola
14 August 2014, 14:45
Nairobi - The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) doubts the country is
prepared to handle any possible outbreak of the Ebola virus.
KMA National Chairman, Dr Elly Nyaim Opot, said that this
is especially in the context of the way the country has handled disasters in
“It is not enough to keep on stating that Kenyatta
National Hospital is ready to handle Ebola cases. It is important to note that
KNH and any other health institution will remain the end point which is
equivalent to the curative measures,” said Opot.
Opot said it was key to focus that the key to focus preventive measures to ensure that the
disease does not penetrate the borders.
“In this regard public engagement and education is key
and essential in the ability of the citizenry to be able to remain vigilant
enough to take necessary precautions. As we speak the state of infrastructure
particularly In the public health institutions remain greatly wanting. That is
the key reason why prevention would be better than cure,” he said.
The KMA’s input comes
a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) said Kenya was at high
risk of transmission of the deadly disease owing to its position in the
He expressed concern at that rating.
“It is also a matter of great concern that these events
are occurring at a time when many health workers in various counties are
disgruntled and are essentially currently on some kind of a go slow and are
threatening to down their tools,” said Opot.
Opot said that KMA found "issue" with the
screening being done at the airports.
“Currently the so-called screening measures at the
airport remain rather casual. It is imperative that more stringent measures be
put in place,” he said.
- CAJ News
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