James Macharia is the Cabinet Secretary for Health.
BY SAM ALFAN.
A 72 year old man has moved to court seeking to compel the government to state measures taken to curb the spread of Ebola.
He has sued Health cabinet Secretary, Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Attorney General.
He claims that there is insufficient information from the ministry of Health to the public domain as far as the methods of prevention of Ebola virus and accessible treatment centers are concerned.
Matthew Okwanda claims that even with regards to the existing facilities the Government has paid no attention to the rural and per-urban populations with the only state of the art isolation facility able to handle the treatment and care of Ebola located in Nairobi.
He says that that there is no highest standards of health which includes prevention, treatment and control of the epidemic in the country and that this is an infringement on the rights of Kenyans.
Okwanda wants the Attorney General to be compelled by the high-court to supply him with information concerning the steps taken by the state to protect the petitioner from contracting the virus.
Ebola virus which first appeared in 1976 during the outbreak in Nzara Sudan and Yankubu in Democratic Republic of Congo causes acute serious illness which is often fatal if left untreated.
The current outbreak in West Africa has been classified by the World Health Organization as the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak in 39 years with the most severely affected countries being Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.