Via The Nation: WHO warns Kenya of Ebola spread risk. Excerpt:
Kenya has been classified as a high risk country as the government Wednesday pledged to increase efforts to keep Ebola away from the country.
The World Health Organisation certified Kenya as a high risk country as complaints built up that the government response to the virus had been tepid and casual.
There is no cure for Ebola which kills most of its victims.
Ebola, now officially referred to as Ebola Virus Disease, has since March killed more than 1,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.
Kenya Airways has direct flights to the four countries and it said that it will announce today whether it will review its flight schedule.
Earlier, the airline said it would act on the advice of the government or international agencies.
Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, speaking at a meeting of a multi-agency government taskforce on Ebola, said the categorisation of Kenya as a high-risk area by the WHO was due to the heavy human traffic flow — mainly through flight connectivity — between Kenya and the four West African countries where 1,884 people are infected with Ebola.
“Currently, Kenya receives more than 76 flights from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria-- on a weekly basis, which are mainly operated by Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Rwanda Air.
“There is need, therefore, for enhanced preparedness for prevention of the Ebola virus into the country including early detection and response,” Mr Macharia said.
He noted that 60 per cent of the passengers from the West African countries were usually in transit at the JKIA to other destinations.