The surge in COVID-19 cases outside Nairobi has now begun overwhelming hospitals in other counties, among them Moi Referral.
A report by the Standard said that the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret was getting overrun by COVID-19 patients.
Moi Teaching is the second-largest referral hospital in Kenya after Kenyatta National Hospital.
Full to capacity
A doctor speaking to The Standard said that over the past two weeks, the hospital had witnessed a surge in COVID cases. The facility also doubles up as a COVID-19 testing centre.
“The number of COVID-19 cases in MTRH is shocking. It is really sad witnessing patients in respiratory distress. This is so unfortunate,” the doctor, requesting anonymity, told The Standard.
The doctor also revealed that many of his colleagues were down with the virus, which has infected over 45,000 in Kenya. The number of patients requiring high volumes of oxygen and ICU admission was rising, the doctor said. He also revealed that the hospital isolation wards were full.
Uasin Gishu entering the woods
Uasin Gishu has emerged as a county to watch as cases surged there in recent weeks. Yesterday, the county tied with Nairobi, each reporting 116 cases. The day before that, it came in third with 17 cases.
Uasin Gishu is where the MTRH is located. The area governor, Jackson Mandago, confirmed the fast spread of the virus in his county.
“The surge is real. The disease has spread and we have seen people that we know collapsing and dying, only to test positive for COVID-19 post-humously.” Mandago said.
The county recently buried Huruma MCA, Peter Chomba, who succumbed to the virus.
Indeed, residents in Uasin Gishu have lowered their guards completely. Sources from the area indicate that people have completely discarded masks and are holding funerals and other large gatherings.
Kenya yesterday confirmed 571 new COVID-19 infections, with the positivity rate yesterday standing at 14.4 %.