Gloria Muliro has been very instrumental in sensitizing the community and reaching out to government officials, schools cooperate and other companies in Kenya on issues related to this deadly disease called Ebola. Kenya has been at the center of debate whether it’s vulnerable or not vulnerable to the Ebola outbreak. The Kenyan government at some point suspended its national carrier, Kenya Airways’, daily flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia since August 19 over Ebola fever.
There is no way for West Africans to come to Kenya except by air. All 76 flights to and from West Africa every week are operated by Kenya Airways, The government officials said that “adequate” public health measures have been instituted by Kenyan authorities to make sure that the country remains Ebola-free. Therefore all Passengers from West African countries go for screening at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). A special unit comprising 100 public health workers trained to handle Ebola emergencies were being deployed at JKIA to spot any possible suspect of Ebola cases since the outbreak. Tests were conducted at Jomo Kenyatta National Hospital and Mbagathi District Hospital for passengers showing symptoms of Ebola. Anyone showing signs of Ebola infection was immediately put in isolation at the airport.
14 Kenyans from Liberia who were tested for Ebola Virus and they all turned negative. However, there was one case of a woman who died in one of the biggest referral hospitals. Doctors at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) said the 29-old lady who was bleeding profusely died on arrival at the hospital at around 10 a.m. local time (0700GMT) after being dropped by a taxi driver. The deceased who was working at a hotel in Nairobi was bleeding heavily from nose, ears, and mouth and died even before she could be taken out of the car.
Ebola which is characterized by high fever, muscle pain, and massive hemorrhaging spreads rapidly and can kill within 24 hours. Kenya’s health officials at the entry points were being on high alert ever since following an outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in neighboring Uganda. Gloria Muliro played a vital role in spreading the message of prevention to the Kenyans. She was not working alone. She formed a group of 5 project officers lead by a project coordinator and through this team, they selected ten community health workers to help them mobilize groups and individuals from the community. The team developed information and education materials (I.E.C) with Gloria’s Photo, printed T-shirts with KORA log and Ebola message. In addition, the team developed a work plan that it has been following and flowing ever since.
Gloria Muliro the Ambassadress has been talking about various issues and answering key questions from Kenyans in a different forum. People have always asked if Ebola is curable, how it spreads or if it’s in Kenya among others. The response from her, assisted by the team has been, there is no treatment or vaccine against Ebola as at the moment, one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind. It is transmitted by close personal contact and, depending on the strain, kills up to 90 percent of those who contract the virus. There have been several Ebola outbreaks recorded in the East African nation since the first one in 2000, leaving many people killed and much more traumatized. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.