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Afya House which houses the Ministry of Health offices PHOTO COURTESY

To help in fighting infections, Kenyans have been urged to follow the World Heath Organization –WHO- standard hygiene recommendations to reduce exposure to and transmission of illnesses.

The Kenya Healthcare Federation CEO Dr. Anastactacia Nyalita says Kenyans to frequently clean their hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

“They should also cover their mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing, dispose the tissue immediately and wash their hands, said Nyalita.

“Kenyans should also avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough and those who have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, should seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider’, she added.

She stated that her federation is deeply concerned by the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease) epidemic.

However, the federation also welcomed the decision taken by the WHO to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern saying the measures taken reflect the serious nature of this public health threat.

“The declaration of Coronavirus as an international emergency signals the fundamental need for epidemic preparedness”, she stated.

The Ministry of Health appealed to the members of the public to remain vigilant and avoid speculation saying the Government is committed to managing the situation.

The federation urged Kenyans to frequently clean their hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water, cover their mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing, dispose of the tissue immediately and wash their hands.

Kenyans should also avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough and those who have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, should seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

The Kenya Healthcare Federation CEO Dr. Anastactacia Nyalita said that her federation is deeply concerned by the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease) epidemic.

The federation urged the Ministry of Health, the global community and the World Health Organization (WHO), to Fastrack the management of Coronavirus.

 Nyalita said that the Ministry of Health should uphold efforts leading to the disease surveillance and response strategy and ensuring the safety of Kenyan citizens.

” As private sector players in the health space, we support and will work collaboratively to align with the Ministry of Health strategy.” Dr Nyalita said.

The federation also welcomed the decision taken by the WHO to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern saying the measures taken reflect the serious nature of this public health threat.

The declaration of Coronavirus as an international emergency signals the fundamental need for epidemic preparedness.

KHF has urged Kenyans to understand and follow WHO’s standard hygiene recommendations to reduce exposure to and transmission of illnesses.

The federation urged Kenyans to frequently clean their hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water, cover their mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing, dispose the tissue immediately and wash their hands.

Kenyans should also avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough and those who have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, should seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

The Ministry of Health appealed to the members of the public to remain vigilant & avoid speculation saying the Government is committed to managing the situation.

The ministry assured Kenyans that together with the multi-agency team they will continue to prioritize efforts towards mitigating the evolving situation on Coronavirus

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