There was tension among patients and staff at the Kenyatta National Hospital earlier today after it emerged that a surgeon who tested positive for Covid-19 had refused to go for isolation and had been attending to patients.
There are fears that he may have infected his colleagues and the patients he attended to at KNH as well as his private clinic.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe noted that the Ministry is deeply disappointed and upset at the surgeon.
The CS added that the sick medic wanted to operate on a patient despite fully aware of the danger he was imposing on the patients and his colleagues.
According to the CS, fortunately, he didn’t attend to the patient as a nurse reported him.
Since March, when the dreaded virus hit the country, 634 health workers, including nurses, clinical workers, medical doctors, pharmacists, and laboratory technicians, have been infected.
This number represents 3 percent of the total infection cases in Kenya and is way below the global infection rate, which is 10 percent for medics.
Kagwe called on the healthcare workers to be extra cautious as they are the frontline soldiers, adding that if they slack, the country will lose the battle.
The health CS also noted that the current cold weather would contribute to a spike in infections and even deaths urging Kenyans to keep warm all the time and take warm fluids to combat the virus.
To contain the rising number of infections, KMPDC Chair Eva Njenga said the Ministry might gazette more schools as isolation and quarantine centers as part of the country’s preparedness to Covid-19.
The schools will be occupied by Covid-19 patients who will not be able to self-isolate under the home-based care program.
The Ministry has set aside KMTC’s Mary Griffin hostel, which has a 90-bed capacity.
Other isolation facilities are being set up in Nairobi School, Kenya High School, Dagoretti High, and Upper Hill.