The country of Kenya so far has remained free of the Ebola virus that has plagued the Democratic Republic of Congo and recently three cares were confirmed in Uganda. The fear of Ebola crossing boarders is growing every day. According to Sicily Kariuki, the Health Cabinet Secretary of Kenya, a woman of thirty-six years was admitted to Kericho County Referral Hospital under suspicion that she might have been infected. But she has tested negative for Ebola or any other viral hemorrhage fevers. The Daily Nation quotes Kariuki: “The ministry of Health wishes to reiterate to the general public and health facilities that we are prepared in terms of Ebola prevention and response measures and, therefore, there is no need for panic.”
On Monday, a surveillance team of 229 health workers were deployed to Kenya’s points of entry. Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony praised them: “I wish to commend them for the job well done.” He stated that the temporary anxiety in the region has been eased. However, according to The Standard newspaper, he added: “As a county we remain high alert for any suspected cases.” The Standard also quoted Janet Koech of Chepseon who complained, “The county is leaving us to hold our breath too long.” On the other hand, Pastor Allan Kiombe reassured his flock: “We better trust the government. It’s better than the fear effect. I am sure the matter is under control.”