Nurses on Go-Slow at Mbagathi Hospital as Coronavirus Fears Intensify

  • A health practitioner in protective gear at Coronavirus treatment and isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    A health practitioner in protective gear at Coronavirus treatment and isolation facility in Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Simon Kiragu
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  • Nurses at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi have begun a go-slow on Monday, March 16 even as the facility remains tasked with holding patients suspected to have come into contact with patients who have already tested positive for the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    22 individuals who came into close contact with the first confirmed Coronavirus case in the country are quarantined at the facility.

    The nurses reportedly voiced their displeasure over lack of adequate training on the Coronavirus as well as lack of provision of adequate support for themselves and their families.

    Hospital beds at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Hospital beds at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Simon Kiragu
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    Complaints had surfaced on social media on Sunday, March 15, over the alleged sad state of affairs at the hospital.

    It had been alleged that there was no running water at the facility, with the suspected patients also allegedly having not received their test results four days after being taken in.

    Kenyans.co.ke had reached out to the hospital which sought to dispel the claims, maintaining that things were running smoothly.

    "I've checked with the person in charge and everything is fine," a representative for the hospital stated on Sunday, March 15 in response to queries on the allegations.

    Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna also spoke to Kenyans.co.ke on Monday, March 16, maintaining that the government was providing adequate support to all care-givers involved in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Kenya.

    "You cannot just go with everything you see on social media. If the nurses had downed their tools you would know about it already.

    "Even the Head of State said it yesterday. The government is providing training and adequate support for caregivers who are at the front-line of this fight across the country," he stated.

    The confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in the country stands at three after President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed that two people tested positive for the virus after coming into contact with the first confirmed case in the country.

    "We did state that we traced 27 persons who came into contact with the first patient. We have since tested all 27 people at our National Influenza Center and today we have received confirmation of two more cases of the Coronavirus.

    "The two have tested positive as a result of coming into contact with the first patient. Our health officials have already moved them into Kenyatta National Hospital's isolation facility," he stated.

    A photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing an address at Harambee House on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing an address at Harambee House on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
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