NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday
pledged to partner with Kenya’s Ministry of Health to help
contain the highly infectious and mosquito-borne Chikungunya
disease in the coastal city of Mombasa.
WHO said a
partnership with the ministry of health and Mombasa county
government will strengthen monitoring, diagnosis and treatment
of new cases.
"We expect these cases to be contained as those affected
report to health facilities for proper assessment and
management," Rudi Eggers, WHO Representative in Kenya said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
He revealed that WHO technical team is already on the ground
to help the county government of Mombasa respond effectively to
Chikungunya in the wake of soaring infections.
The initial cases of Chikungunya were reported in the middle
of December last year in Mombasa Island while new infections
surged early this month due to logistical hiccups and limited
Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Jan. 4 reported 69 cases of
Chikungunya across the Mombasa County and pledged intensified
surveillance along timely diagnosis to help contain the
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has already
deployed a rapid response team to strengthen diagnosis of the
viral disease whose symptoms include fever, joint pains,
headache and nausea.
So far, no casualty has been reported since the Chikungunya
outbreak escalated during the festive season thanks to combined
efforts of the national and county governments to boost its
diagnosis, treatment and management.
The UN agency hailed the county government of Mombasa for
setting aside funds to support spraying of mosquito breeding
sites, distribution of insecticide-treated nets and public
awareness targeting vulnerable communities.
"We support the call by the county government to urge members
of the public to report to health facilities for proper
assessment and management and to clear bushes and garbage to
avoid further breeding of the mosquitoes," said Eggers.
Chicungunya - Mombasa County Health Department
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