MoH's Response to Overrun Hospitals Rejecting Covid-19 Patients

  • Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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  • The Ministry of Health on Sunday, July 5, allayed fears that Covid-19 patients were being turned away from hospitals over claims that many facilities were overrun by cases. 

    Acting Director of Public Health, Francis Kuria denied knowledge of patients being turned away from hospitals noting that positive Covid-19 patients are being enrolled in the home-based care program. 

    "On the issue of patients being turned away, we are not aware of patients being turned away but most of these cases have been managed under home-based care protocols.

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    Director of Public Health Dr. Francis Kuria addressing the media.
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    "Any case that will be turned away we need to know because our duty of care is to avoid mortalities as much as possible," he stated.

    Kuria advised that any case of a patient being turned away needed to be reported, clarifying that beds were still available in most counties including Nairobi.

    A number of Kenyans had taken to social media to share stories of how their relatives were finding it hard to get admissions into hospitals after contracting Covid-19.

    Claims were also made about Intensive Care Units (ICU) facilities being fully booked leaving Covid-19 patients in need of critical care with limited options to get treatment.

    Gatundu South Member of Parliament on Sunday, July 5 took to Facebook to caution Kenyans about healthcare systems being overrun.

    "Depressing news all over about the Corona Virus situation. Over-ran ICU facilities. Overwhelmed healthcare system. I fear doctors will have to choose whom to assist and whom to let go.

    "Its a matter of days. Keep safe people. Looking at what is happening in the US and Brazil, reopening the country appears to be off the cards for now. Even restaurants might be closed down again," wrote Moses Kuria. 

    All counties are required to attain a minimum of 300 isolation beds as part of the country's preparedness to combat Covid-19.

    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addressing the media on May 22,2020.
    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addressing the media on May 22, 2020.