PORT HEALTH SERVICES AT PORTS OF ENTRY/EXIT (POEs)
Port Health is a Division within the Department of Public Health that is mandated to prevent and guard against the introduction or spread of infectious diseases through our ports of entry/exit.
This mandate is implemented at designated airports, maritime ports and
land border crossings.
Port Health Services are regulated by both:
- International Health Regulation (IHR 2005) and
- Public Health Act CAP 242 & 242 Laws of Kenya) that coordinate health services between countries.
“A country free of imported infectious diseases and harmful conditions”
“To prevent the spread of infectious diseases and other public health risks, while facilitating international trade and travel through a dynamic, responsive and sustainable port health service.”
“Safeguarding our Borders for a Healthy Nation”
Objectives of Port Health Services at POEs
- Coordination and implementation of IHR 2005 and other related statutes and guidelines at all points of entry
- Integrated disease surveillance and response: traveler/truckers health screening against communicable diseases and conditions, quarantine and referral of suspect cases, travel vaccinations and risk communication.
- Provision of emergency medical services for travelers.
- Control of disease causing vectors and vermin by inspecting, disinsecting, disinfecting, decontaminating of baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, goods and premises.
- Inspection and certification of exports/imports.
- Ensuring coordinated rapid response to any Public Health Event of International Concern (PHEIC).
- Ensuring that appropriate sanitation and hygiene is maintained at POEs including but not limited to waste management.
- Multisector collaboration: coordination and information sharing between port health services and other agencies
- Formulation of policies and guidelines on port health services
For any Queries, Please Contact
State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards Ministry of Health