FELTP Response to Covid-19 Pandemic in Kenya
On 31st January 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, Cohort 15 Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (KFELTP) residents conducted a rapid assessment to evaluate the preparedness of JKIA Ports of Entry (POE) to an impending COVID-9 outbreak and shared a report with Kenyan Ministry of Health (MOH) and other key stakeholders. Key findings from the assessment have since been addressed based on the recommendation. Cohort 15 residents were also deployed to support Port Health at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with screening and tracking of suspected travelers. At the time, the COVID - 19 outbreak was spreading to countries outside China, with WHO declaring it a pandemic on 11th March 2020.
Kenya confirmed its first case on 13th March 2020. The cases escalated to 28 by 26th March 2020 resulting in many contacts, prompting the Ministry of Health (MOH) through COVID-19 National Taskforce to direct that KFELTP supports the response efforts at the country's Emergency Operational Center (EOC). KFELTP cohorts 14,15 and 16 residents were deployed to the national Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to support different key technical areas including coordination, surveillance, contact tracing and screening at the POE and Data Management.
To strengthen response, MoH deployed Wako Gofu (FETP deputy director) to EOC as EOC operation chief. His responsibility includes coordination RRT, contact tracing, lab and POE. We have 40 residents who are currently involved in
- Contact tracing activities
- Rapid Response activities
- Data management activities