Thursday August 2, 2012 - Shock and anxiety engulfed Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret (MTRH) on Thursday when a patient was admitted with symptoms of Ebola.
The patient who had travelled from Juba in Southern Sudan through Uganda to Eldoret was put in isolation as doctors attending to him put on protective gear to avoid possible infections.
As word went around that a suspected Ebola case has been received, more protective masks were provided as some staff around the casualty area of the hospital avoided handshakes.
The patient’s relatives however said the patient had been sickly for about three weeks in Southern Sudan and that they had decided that he travels for medication at MTRH Eldoret.
MTRH Director Dr John Kibosia said the patient had fever and was bleeding while passing urine and diarrhoea.
Kibosia said they were taking precautions by putting him in specialised isolation as blood samples from the patient are sent to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to ascertain his condition.
“As for now, we are treating it as haemorrhagic fever as we await tests result from Kemri. But since he was in Uganda where Ebola has been reported, we do not want to take chances,” Dr Kibosia said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST