Friday, June 5, 2020 – Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, has admitted for the first time that the Government is overwhelmed by the rising number of coronavirus cases saying most quarantine facilities are almost full due to the surging cases.

Addressing a presser on Thursday, Kagwe said that the Government is in the process of adopting home-based care protocols for Covid-19 patients to ease congestion in hospitals and quarantine facilities.

This would see all symptomatic Covid19 patients who are held in isolation facilities across the country released to undergo medical care at home.

“If this is implemented, it would free our health facilities from congestion.”

“Home-based care is a key intervention that is approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and it is meant to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed,” Kagwe said

Kagwe also indicated that two of the country’s main Covid19 isolation centers – Mbagathi Hospital and Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital – are nearly full even as the number of infections continues to spike.


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