KEMRI Stops Offering Covid-19 Tests at Centres

  • Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) located in Nairobi.
    Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) located in Nairobi.
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on Wednesday, July 8, announced that Covid-19 sample collections will no longer be taken in any of their centres around the country.

    The statement by the medical research centre, however, revealed that the institute would continue testing of samples in their countrywide stations, but only when the requests were formally presented before the intended date of sample collection. 

    "This is to kindly notify members of the public and our esteemed corporate clients that KEMRI will not be handling sample collection for Covid-19 at KEMRI Headquarters and all its centres and stations within the country.

    A scientist isolates wild poliovirus at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi on July 28, 2016.
    A scientist isolates wild poliovirus at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi on July 28, 2016.
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    "However, the institute will continue to discharge its national duty of conducting the Covid-19 sample testing in all our designated laboratories countrywide," read the statement in part.

    KEMRI, however, urged members of the public and all corporate clientele to make a formal request to KEMRI if Covid-19 sample collection services were needed.

    The move was to ensure that KEMRI could make necessary arrangements to dispatch a team to respective premises of clients.

    The medical research centre further clarified that walk-ins in all their facilities will not be allowed forthwith.

    The statement was issued by KEMRI Director-General professor Yeri Kombe to all members of the public.

    On vulnerability levels after the easing of containment measures, State House released a ranking of the low and high-risk activities of Covid-19 exposure to the public on a 1-10 scale.

    The low-risk activities were restaurant food deliveries at home and keeping 1.5 meters social distance which were ranked at one and wearing a face mask while in public was at two.

    Use of public transport with social distancing, taxi services with social distancing, sitting in a hospital waiting area were all ranked at three while eating at a restaurant with social distancing was rated four.

    Attending a funeral and going to the market was ranked at five while visiting elderly relatives or friends in their homes and going to a hair salon or barbershop were both at six.

    Travelling by plane, use of public transport without social distancing were placed at seven while playing contact sports, attending a house party and riding on a boda boda were ranked eight.

    Going to a bar, working out in a gym and attending house parties were rated nine while the riskiest activities placed at 10 were attending a large religious gathering with 100 plus people not wearing a facemask covering both your mouth and nose and attending social gatherings with 15 plus people without social distancing.  

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    Ranking of the low and high risk Covid-19 activities, according to State House Kenya.