Published On: Tue, Mar 31st, 2020

Kenya’s Ebola Workers Enlisted to Fight Coronavirus

Source: VOA

By Mohammed Yusuf

NAIROBI – Kenyan medical practitioners who helped in the fight against the West Africa Ebola outbreak have been deployed to Nairobi’s main hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

Peterson Wachira was one of 155 Kenyan medics who went to Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2015 to help fight the Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,000 people. Now, he is applying what he learned to combat the coronavirus in Kenya.

Community engagement is key to stopping the spread of the disease, he said.

“We have seen that mitigation of such a virus is a communal venture. You cannot protect yourself alone. It must communally be done so that you are able to mitigate. Otherwise, if it’s not done communally, if people do not own up and do this, embrace behavior change as a community, then there is no way we are going to address this,” Wachira said.

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