Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi has underscored the need for preparedness as the key towards managing the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Speaking at a multi-sectorial sensitization workshop on (EVD) preparedness at Hotel Afrique, the DG said the best approach to tame the epidemic is prevention which he said can only be achieved through enhanced sensitization on the outbreak, symptoms and effects.
“Ebola outbreak is something we cannot relent on. The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is real, thus the need to be on the lookout lest our county/country could find itself in similar situation,” he said.
Despite the multi-sectorial efforts in place, Mulomi said lack of resources and acess to information by border residents are among the challenges hampering the process.
He called for more support in terms of finances and capacity building that would assist in education, sensitization and training of the public to help curb the spread.
The capacity building workshop came a few weeks after a visit to the One Stop Border Post workshop by Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki to assess the preparedness against the Ebola outbreak in DRC.
The Chief Officer in the office of the Governor Dr. Ezekiel Okwach said the County Government acknowledges an inter-governmental disaster committee with the national government, which has enhanced awareness to the community through an endowed administrative system, making it easy to reach to the community
“For us to succeed in this fight we have to make sure that people on the ground are aware of symptoms through village barazas and meetings, “he said.
Dr. Philip Ngere in his presentation said that contact tracing is the key towards checking the spread of the vice and recommended that it be done immediately for effective control of EVD in case of outbreak.