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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 the past.


“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 continent.


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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