By Standard Digital Reporter and Ally Jamah
Khalwale demanded a ministerial statement on the issue saying Kenyan needed to be alerted.
“We have received a media alert that a case of Ebola has been reported in Siaya,” the MP told parliament on Wednesday.
Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende directed the Minister for Public Health to give a statement on the issue on Thursday afternoon saying the matter of great public interest
Ebola is one of the most virulent diseases in the world and is spread by close personal contact.
There is no vaccine for the virus whose symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, headache, vomiting and kidney problems.
At the same time the government has formed a national taskforce to respond to a possible outbreak in the country as the deadly Ebola virus continues to sweep through Uganda, raising fears of spreading to Kenya.
Director of Public Health Dr. Shahnaaz Sharrif announced the taskforce on Wednesday saying that all health workers in the country have been put on high alert.
In a raft of measures meant to secure the country and reassure a jittery public scared over the possible spread of the hemorrhagic disease, Dr. Sharriff said that relevant labs at the Kenya Institute of Medical research (KEMRI) have been made ready or rapid Ebola tests.
“All facilities have been provided with contingency drugs and isolation facilities have been set up in high risk facilities,” he said.
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