Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni’s administration has mandated its health officials to make sure that all Kenyans coming into the country have undergone a compulsory vaccination against Yellow Fever.
This was after Uganda’s Health Ministry named Kenya alongside Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan as countries posing the most health risks to Uganda.
The health ministry spokesperson Rukia Nakamatte hinted that:
“All persons entering Uganda must have a Yellow Fever card. In case they do not have these cards, we have instructed the airports authority to ensure that they are vaccinated and possibly kept in isolation in our isolation centre in Entebbe until after 10 days”,.
Though, no Kenyan has as of yet, reported to have been denied access into Uganda for lack of a Yellow Fever vaccination card, the mandate has attracted severe criticisim given that the two countries are among each other’s largest trading partners.
Kenya announced that it recorded two suspected cases of Yellow Fever in March. And the two cases linked two Kenyans who recently got back into the country from Angola – where over 250 deaths caused by the disease have been recorded .
The two cases involved two men in their 30’s. The first was a 31-year-old man who later died after being admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
He jetted into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 12, where even though he was spotted to be sick, the medical personnel allowed him to gain access into Kenya without quarantining him to limit the spread, as should be the case with sick returning migrants.
The second patient is allegedly still recovering at home” in Nairobi’s South C area after receiving treatment for about a week.
The unnamed man got into the country on March 7, from Angola and traveled to Magadi after which he returned to Nairobi with headache, fever and muscle pains and was vomiting.
Director of Medical Services Jack Kioko revealed that he is visibly responding to treatment and no other suspected cases have been reported since then.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s government on the other hand, has vowed to deny exit or entry to Kenyans or foreigners flying into the country from any yellow fever prone areas without a vaccination certificate.
The World Health Organization has alerted up to 42 countries in the world, warning them of potential risk of having yellow fever within their boundaries.