The Ministry of Health, in partnership with the World Health Organization, is set to train more than a thousand health workers as part of ongoing measures to mitigate possible importation of the deadly disease to Ebola virus in the country.
During the training, which started this week, 75 health workers from the national and Nairobi county levels received the essential information and skills needed to deal with the disease, as well as training in preparedness and response. the intervention with the exercise will be cascaded down to county and sub-county levels in the 20 counties with the highest risk of importation EVDs. Some 1,400 health workers are the target of the current exercise.
The development came as Uganda announced an increase in confirmed Ebola cases to 109 with 30 deaths.
Last month, the Ministry of Health issued an alert to all counties in the country following an alert sent by the Ugandan government to Kenya in accordance with East African community health protocols regarding the outbreak of the disease occurring in Kenya.
detected in Ngabano village of Madudu sub-county.
in central Uganda.
As part of the interventions put in place by the Kenyan government, all county administrations have been asked to remain vigilant and step up surveillance, especially at the border, activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and to promptly report suspected cases. populations at risk, including travellers, truckers, bushmeat handlers and health workers, as well as community sensitization to identify suspected cases.
They were also urged to sensitize health workers on infections, prevention and control measures, case management and specimen management and to mobilize relevant stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness and recovery measures. answer.
Ebola virus disease is a severe and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus.
The virus is normally found in animals, but it is transmitted from animals to humans and occurs when there is interaction betbetween infected animals and healthy humans.
Person-to-person transmission of Ebola occurs through contact with bodily fluids such as blood, sweat, urine, semen, vaginal secretions, diarrhea, and vomiting of the infected person directly or indirectly through contaminated surfaces and fomites.