Airports to Kenya and Somaliland transferred more than 2,000 Ebola patients to the United Kingdom in the past week, a health ministry official has said.
Airport operators in Kenya’s capital Nairobi transferred about 500 patients to UK hospitals on Monday, according to the Kenyan National Emergency Management Agency.
A spokesman for the ministry said the patients were transferred to the British-run airport in the capital Nkrumah in the southern port city of Mombasa.
The UK’s Department for International Development said the move was the first step towards the transfer of Ebola patients.
The ministry said more than 3,000 patients have been transferred to Mombas hospital, with a further 4,000 to the Royal Free Hospital in London, and 8,000 at the Mombashu International Airport.
The virus, which has killed more than 7,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has made travel to and from the three countries extremely difficult.