No certificate no entry, Health director says

So far, viral disease has killed more than 250 people in Angola.

Saturday March 19 2016

A woman receives a vaccination. Travellers from Angola who are not Kenyan citizens or residents and do not have valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates will be denied entry into the country. PHOTO | COURTESY

A woman receives a vaccination. Travellers from Angola who are not Kenyan citizens or residents and do not have valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates will be denied entry into the country. PHOTO | COURTESY 

By AGGREY MUTAMBO
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Foreigners coming into Kenya from Angola and other countries affected with Yellow fever will be denied entry unless they have a valid vaccination certificate.

In a range of measures announced on Friday evening to curb the possible spread of the deadly virus, the Ministry of Health also announced it will bar Kenyans from leaving the country to Angola unless they prove they have been vaccinated.

“Travellers from Angola to Kenya must have valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate (must have been vaccinated 10 days before travel,” Acting Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said.

“Travellers from Angola who are not Kenyan citizens or residents and do not have valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificates will be denied entry into the country,” he added.

The decision follows the confirmation of a second case of the deadly fever in Nairobi on Friday.

On Tuesday night, a patient who had arrived in the country from Angola succumbed to what tests at the Kenya Medical Research Institute had shown as Yellow Fever.

The man, 31, died at Kenyatta National Hospital after arriving in Nairobi through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 12.

(Read: Kenya issues alert after patient dies of yellow fever at KNH)

The second case — also a man — arrived in the country on March 7 from Angola, according to Nairobi County Health Executive Bernard Muia.

So far, viral disease has killed more than 250 people in Angola.

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