, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – Twelve Kenyans who were stranded in the Ebola hit nation of Liberia are expected to arrive back in the country on Tuesday night.
They are expected at about 11 pm, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry which has been coordinating their evacuation from West Africa’s worst hit nation from the deadly viral disease.
Upon arrival, the Kenyans will undergo thorough screening and will be quarantined before they are allowed to join their families and friends.
Some of those expected on Tuesday evening were working with NGOs in Liberia.
More than 5000 people have died of Ebola in West African countries, half of them from Liberia which remains the worst hit nation so far.
Kenya is yet to resume flight to West Africa since the Ebola outbreak, but President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that they will resume as soon as the situation normalises.
Kenyatta last Friday assured tourists that Kenya is free of Ebola and is capable of controlling the disease in the unfortunate event of a breakout.
The Ebola outbreak which has sent cold chills across the world has remained a big challenge with reported spread of the disease in other countries including the US.
All suspected cases of Ebola in Kenya have tested negative.
Government health officials in the country have assured that Kenya is safe and that necessary measures have been put in place to screen, quarantine and handle suspected cases.
Kenyans are also being educated through advertisements on symptoms of Ebola and how to prevent it.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola virus an international public health emergency.
Liberia has shut its borders to curb further spread of the Ebola virus and Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, suspended its flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone after flying a Liberian man infected with the virus into Nigeria last week.
Kenya Airways also suspended its flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to WHO.