The Star (Nairobi)

8 August 2014

Kenya Airways to Screen Passengers From West Africa and Uganda to Stem Ebola Spread

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Ebola outbreak.

All Kenya Airways passengers travelling from Freetown, Monrovia, Accra, Lagos, and Abuja will undergo temperature checks at the points of departure in new measures released by the national career ro curb Ebola spread.

"Handgun thermometers, gloves and hand sanitizers have been provided to staff at these stations. All passengers are required to complete a surveillance form while still onboard to supply adequate information for traceability," said Kenya Airways in a statement.

KQ had earlier released a statement assuring passengers on the West Africa route that normal flights will continue in the area.

The Carrier said all passengers arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) from West Africa and Entebbe, and whose final destination is Nairobi, are now using a separate gate on arrival where screening will be done before release to Immigration officials, and into the country. Port Health, a division of the Ministry of Health responsible for disease surveillance and public health control at all points of entry, will regularly inform the various County Health teams of persons who have travelled to their counties as per surveillance forms.

"All transit Passengers will be ferried to Gate 3 at Terminal 1 C for screening before proceeding to their connecting flight. Adequate arrangements have been put in place to avoid delays and misconnection. Kenya Airways will be providing Port Health with details on the flights expected and numbers of transit and terminating passengers beforehand in order to facilitate adequate planning for the screening."

Kenya Airways is part of a team that also comprises the Kenya Airports Authority and Port Health, responsible for monitoring these activities at JKIA to ensure proper and consistent implementation.

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