NMS to Conduct Mass Covid-19 Tests

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    Nairobi Metropolitan Services boss Mohamed Badi addresses President Uhuru Kenyatta on June 30, 2020, at Harambee House Nairobi while releasing a report of his first 100 days in office
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  • The Nairobi Metropolitan Services has announced a second Covid-19 mass testing programme across all the sub counties in the capital.

    In a statement on their official Twitter page on Tuesday October 13, NMS announced that the mass testing would take place for two days beginning October 17 to October 18.

    The General Mohamed Mbadi-led team also announced the venues where residents are expected to present themselves for the Covid-19 test. 

    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.
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    The NMS listed Lang'ata, Mathare, Embakasi South, Starehe, Kasarani, Roysambu, Makadara, Ruaraka, Dagoretti South, Embakasi East, Embakasi Central, Dagoretti North, Embakasi West and Westlands as the target areas.

    “Nairobi Metropolitan Services, NMS will be conducting mass Covid-19 tests across all sub counties on October 17 and October 18. See posters updated to confirm your venue. Remember to wash your hands, sanitize, observe social distance and all Covid-19 Regulations,” reads NMS’s tweet.

    This comes after health experts expressed fears that Nairobi and Mombasa counties, Kenya’s initial Covid-19 hotbeds, could be staring at a possible second wave of infections as the Health ministry reports more cases and deaths.

    According to Aga Khan University Hospital which is one of the capital’s private Covid-19 centres, Nairobi and Mombasa are currently witnessing a second wave due to the spike in cases reported. 

    “The second wave is happening and it will have a higher mortality rate because people have let their guard down,” Dr Majid Twahir, the Chief of Staff at Aga Khan University Hospital said.

    The hospital said that there is an increased number of infections linked to virus spread in communities in Nairobi.

    “This is to inform all colleagues that we have noted an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country over the last few days,” the hospital said in a statement.

    In May, the NMS conducted a similar program that targeted Nairobi residents living in the informal settlements across the city.

    The 11-day mass testing that was aimed at mapping out hotspots in Nairobi, ended on May 31.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and NMS Director General Mohammed Badi
    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and NMS Director General Mohammed Badi
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