Sunday, 12 October 2014

Woman who died at JKIA did not have Ebola: Health CS James Macharia.Drive Hot News

Health officers demonstrate how they were handling passengers from Ebola-hit countries at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on August 12, 2014. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
Health officers demonstrate how they were handling passengers from Ebola-hit countries at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on August 12, 2014.
A passenger who died at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi shortly after arriving on a flight from Juba, South Sudan did not have Ebola.
Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said samples tested negative for Ebola and Marburg, adding that further tests would be carried out.
The passenger, a Kenyan woman, arrived at JKIA on Saturday. She was taken to the Port Health centre to be stabilised on arrival but succumbed to her illness.
Director of Medical Services Dr Nicholas Muraguri told journalists the passenger was headed to Nairobi for an appointment with a gynaecologist.
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The country is on high alert following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
However, health workers screening travellers for Ebola at JKIA have complained  of poor equipment, lack of follow-up on passengers and low morale.
The workers have said the gun thermometers they used were not reliable, as they gave different readings.
According to the workers, there has been no follow-up on screened travellers from the Ebola-hit countries after 21 days, as required.
They said since they were deployed to the airport in mid-August, they had only received meal