EXCLUSIVE: Doctors Rush to Quarantine Patient at Midnight

  • A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at the Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke
  • A lady exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms was taken to hospital at around 1 a.m. on Thursday.

    The lady, who had been in quarantine at Kenyatta University isolation centre, suffered shortness of breath and was coughing before the alarm was raised and she was taken to hospital.

    She is said to have arrived in the country from Afganistan on Tuesday, March 24, and was among the group that was quarantined at the University.

    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
    KENYANS.CO.KE

    A highly placed source quarantined at the Institution, told Kenyans.co.ke that the lady started exhibiting the symptoms from Wednesday but had not received any help.

    "We called the emergency contacts provided by the government but they were all busy and we could not reach them," the source disclosed.

    "I had to call the government spokesman Cyrus Oguna, who intervened and sent doctors who took her away," she added.

    Worried, the lady stated that since their arrival at the quarantine centre on Tuesday, their vitals had not been checked by medics.

    "We need to be tested so that we can also know if we are at risk," she stated.

    Speaking to Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna, however, he stated that those at the isolation centres had medical personnel who were looking out for any symptoms they might exhibit.

    "There is medical personnel on the ground who are checking their vitals every other day and when the symptoms present themselves, we take them to hospital," he told our newsroom.

    There are a number of quarantine institutions that have been set up by the government in line with directives announced by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

    The list was shared hours after reports surfaced on Tuesday, March 24, that visitors were complaining of excessive delays and confusion over the order to quarantine all passengers arriving at airports, including the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

    Quarantine facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa announced on March 24 include Hill Park Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Nairobi, Safari Park, Pride Inn Hotels, Jacaranda Hotel, Trademark Hotel, Four Points Sheraton, Boma Hotel, KMTC's, Kenyatta University and Kenya School of Government.

    Others are Crown Plaza, Airport, Mombasa Beach Hotel, La Mada Hotel, Concord Hotel, University of Nairobi, KCB Leadership Centre, Cooperative University, The Clarion Hotel, The Comfort Hotel, Mashpark Hotel, Eka Hotel and Land Mark Suites.

    Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna addresses the media at Kenyatta National Hospital on Saturday, March 14, 2020
    Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna addresses the media at Kenyatta National Hospital on Saturday, March 14, 2020
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke