Health Information for Delegates Attending the Fourteenth Session of The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 17–22 July 2016, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya is situated along the equator and enjoys a tropical climate with variations in temperatures, altitude and terrain within its different regions. Conditions vary across the country: the coastal region is warm and humid (20–30 degrees Celsius), the highlands are cooler (10–28 degrees Celsius) and the northern semi-arid region soars to temperatures of 20–40 degrees Celsius with minimal rainfall.
At an elevation of about 1680m, Nairobi experiences maximum temperatures in July of about 10–21 degrees during the day and 14 degrees during the night, with rainfall of about 17mm. In addition, Kenya experiences occasional rain from June to July when the end of short rains sets in. Generally, minimal rains are experienced in Nairobi during the month of July.
Kenya has modern healthcare facilities should they be needed. Medical insurance is necessary in case of unforeseen events, such as accidents or sudden illness that might require evacuation for treatment. The risk of malaria is low in Nairobi and the highlands (above 2,500m above sea level) of the Central, Eastern, Nyanza and Western Provinces of Kenya.
2 ENTRY HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
2.1 Yellow Fever Vaccination Certification
A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for travellers entering Kenya from any country with risk of yellow fever virus transmission as listed in annex I of International Health Regulations. These include countries in Central Africa, West Africa, Eastern Africa, South America and Central America. In addition, the following measures are being implemented at points of entry:
- Travellers from any country reporting an outbreak of yellow fever disease must have valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (having been vaccinated 10 days before travel).
- Travellers from any country reporting an outbreak of yellow fever disease who are not citizens or residents of Kenya and do not have valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificates will be denied entry into the country.
- Travellers from any country reporting an outbreak of yellow fever who are citizens or residents of Kenya and do not have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate will be isolated and held at the point of entry until yellow fever tests are completed.
2.2 Ebola screening and surveillance
Kenya is Ebola free. However, measures have been put in place to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into the country. These measures include thermal imaging cameras for monitoring temperatures and filling out health surveillance forms. To facilitate this process, there are three levels of screening:
- Travellers from, or who transited through, either Ebola-affected countries or countries neighbouring Ebola-affected countries, fill out surveillance forms on arrival. These forms are handed over to a Port Health Officer who reviews them and may ask any additional questions if necessary. Thereafter, the traveller’s temperature is taken by an overhead thermal camera.
- Travellers arriving from countries not affected by the Ebola virus disease will arrive through the main International Arrival Gate, and an overhead thermal camera will scan their temperatures.
The thermal cameras are calibrated to allow a maximum temperature of 37.2 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit). If any of the arriving travellers has a temperature of more than 37.2 degrees, the camera will emit an audible cue, alerting the Port Health Officer on duty. This may delay the entry process as Port Health Officers proceed to identify the traveller in the queue having a temperature above 37.2 degrees Celsius. After identification, the traveller will be taken to a side room for further examination.
3 EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL SERVICES
The Government will set up one clinic with two consultation rooms fully equipped with qualified medical personnel and medical supplies at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) to provide basic medical services at no cost to delegates and support staff who may require care. There will also be three, fully equipped ambulances for emergency services on standby for the entire duration of the conference. These ambulances will be stationed in strategic areas and linked to hotels and the medical and security command centre. The medical services, including the standby ambulances, will be provided from 16 to 23 July 2016. Treatment in hospitals, clinics and pharmacies would be paid by the recipient of the services.
The hotels designated for the UNCTAD Conference will have a list of recommended hospitals located within close proximity (Nairobi Hospital, Mater Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital all being within 2.5 km of the meeting venue). In case of need, hotel staff will direct delegates to the nearest hospital or contact the medical team that is on standby 24 hours. Hospitals and medical facilities will be on standby to treat emergency medical conditions.
Healthcare services are available across the country from both public and private health facilities for delegates who wish to travel out of Nairobi. These facilities numbering about 4600 across the country are accessible in the Master Facility List Kenya website: http://www.ehealth.or.ke/facilities
Key public hospitals in Nairobi
KENYATTA NATIONAL HOSPITAL – NAIROBI
Hospital Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box: 20723-00202 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 272 63009
Fax: +254 20 272 5272
NATIONAL SPINAL INJURY HOSPITAL – NAIROBI
Lenana Road, Kilimani, Nairobi Kenya
P.O. Box: 20906-00202 Kenyatta N. Hospital
Tel: +254 20 726 336
Some private hospitals in Nairobi
NAIROBI HOSPITAL, MAIN HOSPITAL BRANCH
Argwings Kodhek Rd, Nairobi
P.O. Box: 30026-00100 Nairobi GPO
Tel: +254 20 284 5000
Fax: +254 20 272 8003
Mobile: +254 72 22000
AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, NAIROBI
Aga Khan Hospital, 3rd Parklands Ave, Nairobi
P.O. Box: 30270-00100 Nairobi GPO
Tel: +254 20 366 2000
Mobile: +254 71 109 2000
NAIROBI WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, HURLINGHAM
Hurlingham Medical Plaza
Argwings Kodhek Road
Nairobi 00202, Kenya
Mobile: +254 73 361 8353 +254 72 824 9825
Dunga Rd, South B, Industrial Area, Nairobi
P.O. Box: 30325-00100 Nairobi GPO
Tel: +254 20 6903000
Fax: +254 20 6534289
Mobile: +254 71 907 3000 +254 73 216 3000
Langata Rd, Karen
P.O. Box: 74240-00200
Tel: +254 20 661 300
Fax: +254 20 661 3222
MP SHAH HOSPITAL
Shivachi Road, Parklands
P.O. Box 14497-00800
Tel: +254 20 429 1000 +254 72 220 4427
TRAVELLERS ARRIVING FROM COUNTRIES LISTED BELOW ARE REQUIRED TO POSSESS A VALID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE FOR YELLOW FEVER
- Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Republic of Tanzania
- Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)