Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, has said that the MoH is looking to decentralise COVID-19 testing as cases increase outside Nairobi.
Speaking in Kakamega during the daily briefing, the CS said that the country had 32 testing centres, with more coming up.
The news comes just days after he said that they would set up a testing facility in Kisii, and another one in Kakamega.
Move to cut down return time
The move would see the return time of results cut down drastically.
Counties with no testing facilities have been sending their samples to Nairobi. The journey to and fro means that return time for results could take days.
However, Kagwe urged counties with few COVID-19 cases to intensify contact tracing, which works best in places with low community transmission.
Kenya’s COVID situation
Kenya has so far recorded 25,837 cases of COVID-19, with daily cases topping 600. The number of deaths stands at 418. however, the country saw a record number of recoveries yesterday, releasing over 700 patients.
That raised the recovery figures to 11,899, a recovery rate of 46 %. That is far much lower than the 69 % average recovery rate in Africa.
The CS also said that he would ensure the billions allocated to counties to fight COVID-19 would be used for the sole purpose of fighting the disease.
Health workers plight
The CS additionally, praised the health workers for their good work.
“Health workers have the full support of the government because we are committed to seeing nurses and doctors meet patients when they are not annoyed. We appreciate the good work you are offering,” Kagwe said.
However, the recent revelation that a family of a health worker who died from COVID has been slapped with a 2 million bill points to a disparity between what the CS says, and the reality on the ground.
Many do not have medical cover despite the risk they face at the frontline.