Kenya has been applauded by The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the swift and proactive measures it has taken to manage the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In a press statement released last week UNWTO secretary commends Kenya for taking a lead role, as Chair of the African Commission of the UNWTO, in strengthening the Africa’s response to the Ebola outbreak by providing factual pertinent information.
The Health ministry has set aside sh500 million to keep Ebola out of Kenya to avoid spread of the deadly disease from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that could hurt the tourism and travel industry. Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki last week said that the money was for technical support and other mitigation measures.
“The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Health and that of Tourism & Wildlife, wishes to assure all travellers to Kenya that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure that the Ebola virus is not introduced or imported into our Country. There is no Ebola case reported in the country,” said CS for Tourism & Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala who is also Chairman of the African Commission of the UNWTO.
Screening of all travellers using thermal guns at entry points including Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Busia and Malaba border points have been put in place to curb the spread of Ebola to the country. Ms. Kariuki says, “We usually have 260 health officers on call and we have already selected 100 for the airport just to ensure the process is seamless.”
The worst Ebola epidemic that occurred two years ago reduced travel to Africa as a whole hurting Kenya’s tourism and travel industry that had also been affected by Al-Shabaab attacks.
“The Health Ministry has also established the National Health Emergencies Council, whose role is, among other activities, to act expeditiously to prevent impending health situations.
Kenya through the Ministries of Health and Tourism & Wildlife, therefore, assures that Kenya has adequate medical screening” reads a statement released by the Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife.
Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) commends the Ministry of Tourism & and Wildlife together with the Ministry of Health for the swift and timely measures taken towards prevention of Ebola in the country and safeguarding the travel and tourism industry as well.Back to news articles