Health Workers Caucus chairperson Peterson Wachira has today called on the government to roll out sensitisation and training for health workers in preparation for the Ebola outbreak.
During a press conference, Wachira noted that the government should involve stakeholders in order to be ready for any circumstances.
“How will the government deal with it without involving stakeholders, the problem is we never learn Ebola does not look like Covid,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Health, twenty counties are currently at high risk of Ebola virus disease.
Director General Patrick Amoth stated during a press conference that these counties are Busia, Nakuru, Kiambu, Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, and Makueni.
He pointed out that others at risk are Makueni, Taita Taveta, Mombasa, Kwale, Kericho and Bungoma.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a deadly sickness that affects humans and other primates.
The virus is transmitted to humans by wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines, and non-human primates) and then spreads in the human population through direct contact with infected people’s blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids, as well as surfaces and materials (e.g., bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.
The typical fatality rate for EVD cases is roughly 50 per cent. In previous epidemics, case mortality rates ranged from 25 per cent to 90 per cent.