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Ebola panic sweeping Kenyans after another male patient suspected to have the deadly Ebola-like symptoms was put in isolation ward at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, MTRH, Kenya’s second largest referral hospital.
According to the hospital director Dr. John Kibosia, the patient, a middle aged man had high fever; bleeding and his stool had blood as well.
Dr. Kibosia confirmed that the symptoms were similar to the ones caused by Hemorrhagic fever that causes Ebola. He said the patient is said to have traveled from Sudan through Uganda to Eldoret, Kenya last night.
MTRH is the second largest referral hospital in Kenya serving over 20 million people from Rift Valley where it’s located, Western Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
So far Ebola disease has claimed at leat 18 people in Uganda after the outbreak last week.
The Ebola scare comes only a day after all workers at the hospital gave a seven-day strike notice alleging that the government had failed to improve their terms of employment. Yesterday morning at press conference at the hospital‘s ground, the workers led by officials from Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist union, Kenya national union of nurses, Hospitals and Allied workers among other groups said the hospital was not prepared to handle Ebola disease should it break in the region.
Dr. Kibosia has however assured the public that the Hospital was well equipped and prepared to deal with any cases of Ebola outbreak in the region.
In the meantime the patient’s blood samples have been taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute and Center for Disease Control and Prevention-CDC in Nairobi – Kenya’s capital city for testing.
By Robert Wanjala
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