Most people have been questioning the Country’s preparedness on handling the Coronavirus in the event that Kenya experiences an infection or even worse an outbreak, the Ministry of Health has spoken out to quell fears.
Kenya has stepped up surveillance for coronavirus at all its ports of entry and all passengers from China, where the Coronavirus outbreak is, will have to go through thorough screening to avoid anyone carrying the infection into Kenya.
The Ministry of Health in Kenya has said that it is waiting for further guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) on how to combat the disease.
Coronavirus is yet to be categorized as a public health emergency that requires International concern despite the virus having already killed hundreds of people in China.
The International Health agency’s emergency committee is mandated with the responsibility of declaring a disease as a matter of international concern.
“As a country, we have sent an alert to all the 47 counties through county directors. We have also heightened surveillance at all points of entry and screening has started,” said Acting Public Health Director-General Patrick Amoth during the launch of the Kenya Harmonized Health Facility Assessment report.
Kenya has three flights that land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from China’s Guangzhou which makes it vulnerable to the coronavirus currently being experienced in China.
As Kenyans in the Country worry on whether the government is prepared in the scenario of a coronavirus infection, Kenyans in China especially those in Wuhan are a traumatized lot as the Government has been quiet on them.
The Kenyans in China especially Wuhan city have expressed fear and discontent on the government’s lack of response to their pleas for help amidst the ongoing global outbreak of a pneumonia-like coronavirus.
The Kenyan students in China took to Twitter to express their utter disappointment accusing the Kenyan Government of turning the other side on their predicament of being trapped in the Coronavirus hit area.
The Kenyan students in China took to twitter to demonstrate and shame the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for publishing a statement they termed misleading and non-factual under the hashtag #kenyansinwuhan.
Kenyans in China have accused the government of deserting them in China saying the Kenyan embassy had not reached out to them.
“I am a Kenyan student in Wuhan at the epicentre of the Coronavirus. Yet the Kenyan embassy in Beijing has done or said nothing,” Brian Njoroge wrote.
The Kenya government has warned anyone in the country from travelling to Wuhan until the Coronavirus outbreak is fought.
The Kenyan embassy in China, according to Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau, had issued an alert to Kenyans living there and especially those residing in Wuhan, Hubei Province, to take precautions to protect themselves and comply with measures put in place by the local authorities.