Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, residents of the Kenya FELTP conducted a rapid assessment to evaluate the preparedness of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Points of Entry (POE) to an impending COVID-19 outbreak. Cohort XV residents participated in the evaluation and shared a report with the Kenya Ministry of Health (MOH) and other key stakeholders. The findings of the evaluation prompted provision of sanitation facilities in public areas, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for Point of Entry (POEs) staff. Cohort XV residents were also deployed to support screening and tracking of suspected travelers at the airport.
Kenya confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on 13 March 2020. The cases escalated to 28 by 26 March 2020 resulting in many contacts, prompting the Ministry of Health (MOH) through COVID-19 National Taskforce to direct that KFELTP supports response efforts at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Cohorts XIV – XVI residents were deployed to the EOC to support different key technical areas including coordination, surveillance, contact tracing and screening at the POEs and data management.
The KFELTP Deputy Director - Warqo Boru was as deployed at the EOC as Operations Chief to support coordination of the RRT, contact tracing, laboratory and screening at POE. A total of 40 residents are currently involved in contact tracing, rapid response and data management activities.