Officials start Ebola screening at Malaba

Travellers from Uganda check in at the Busia One Stop Border Point in Kenya on September 21, 2022. There is mandatory Ebola screening at Malaba border. PHOTO/NMG

What you need to know:

  • All travellers are directed to undergo the free screening.

Motorists travelling to Kenya via Malaba border are being subjected to mandatory Ebola screening to avoid the spread of the virus, this publication has learnt.
According to a notice issued by the Malaba health officer, Mr Paul Kibii, yesterday all drivers should be issued with a certificate after undergoing screening, which they are supposed to present at the loading site in Kenya.
“We need to take precaution. As a collective responsibility to prevent the implementation of diseases to our country, it is a mandatory requirement that you are screened at the health desk and issued with a screening card,” Mr Kibii said.
He added that the requirement was slated to take effect from October 1 (Saturday).

Mr Kibii told this publication that all drivers going to Kenya should comply with the directive, adding that there are those escaping to the neighbouring country without being screened.
Mr Herbert Juma, a clearing officer at Malaba, said they are experiencing  some delays in the process, especially during the peak hours.
However, Mr Kibii said it takes about five minutes for one to be cleared, something he said is moderate.
He said drivers should not object  because all the costs are incurred by the Kenyan government.

The Ministry of Health spokesperson, Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, said it is a normal routine done by governments when there is an outbreak in neighbouring countries.
Ebola broke out in the country  on September 19 after laboratory tests of a victim turned positive. 
As of yesterday, the country had confirmed 35 Ebola cases with Mubende topping the list with 29, Kyegegwa (three), Kasanda (two), and Kagadi (one).
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, has also since confirmed that at least 65 health workers have been exposed to the disease and are currently under quarantine, while there are eight confirmed deaths.