NAIROBI, Kenya, July 14, 2020 – For those who have doubted the existence of Covid-19 in Kenya, the exponential spread of the virus across the country could leave them with no option but follow the government containment measures.
In what could be the biggest shocker, 41 more workers at Pumwani Maternity Hospital have tested positive for coronavirus following testing of 290 staffers at the facility. Ministry of Health Director-General Dr. Patrick Amoth said the 41 staffers are asymptomatic and are undergoing medical care under home-based isolation.
Dr. Amoth noted that out of the 41 staff members who have tested positive at Pumwani hospital, two of them have since recovered. “The remaining 39 are doing well. Nobody has gone to the hospital for care and we are hopeful they will be able to pull through without developing any symptoms of COVID,” said Dr. Amoth.
A batch of 100 other workers at the maternity hospital are yet to undergo testing for the virus. Dr. Amoth said the workers qualified for home-based isolation since they were not showing symptoms for COVID-19.
He, however, assured that delivery of services at the hospital will continue, noting that measures have been put in place to protect the health workers as well as members of public visiting the hospital.
Concerns on the outbreak of COVID-19 at Pumwani Hospital emerged over the weekend after Kenya National Union of Nurses Nairobi County Chair Boaz Onchari on Sunday said there were 15 nurses at the facility who had tested positive and were asymptomatic.
“I cannot tell the accumulative number of health workers at the hospital who have tested positive. But I can speak for nurses and I can confirm that 15 of them have tested positive,” said Onchari.
He also confirmed reports that two nurses from other facilities in the country had succumbed to the respiratory disease. So far, Dr Amoth said, 429 healthcare workers have fallen victim to the disease that has killed 197 people, countrywide.
“We continue to support them. Some are on home-based care while others are in hospitals. We are giving them psychological support. This is to make sure that after they recuperate, they can be able to come back to our hospitals and help us in this fight.”
Kenya has in the past four months confirmed 10,294 Coronavirus positive cases with 2,946 recoveries. With eased restrictions, the cases are expected to rise in the coming days. Many fear that the healthcare system will be overwhelmed by a surge in critical cases.
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