The Mombasa County government will settle all the costs incurred by people in quarantine over Coronavirus in Mombasa, the County Health Executive Hazel Koitaba said.
Koitaba stated that the county administration would also pay the bills of Covid-19 patients treated in public hospitals, including the Coast Provincial General Hospital.
This comes as a relief for over 200 people placed under quarantine in various facilities around Mombasa County, among them 79 patients undergoing treatment at the Coast General Hospital.
“We will isolate and treat them at our own cost,” Ms. Koitaba said on Thursday, noting that that the county had reinforced its response by creating more isolation centers.
As of Thursday, 23 April 2020, 199 individuals had been quarantined in different centers around the county.
According to the Ministry, Mombasa County has so far recorded 83 cases of Coronavirus.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) reiterated that both private and public facilities across the county charged between Ksh2,500 and Ksh23,000 per day.
Isolation costs vary according to the facility one is quarantined, and the rates were set by KMPDC on 24 March 2020.
Most of those isolated in public facilities in Mombasa said that they were being charged an average of Ksh2000 per day, a cost the county government will now be paying.
The government’s directive that people in mandatory quarantine should pay for their bills was met with outcry as the bills totaled to over Ksh40,000 after 21 days for each individual.
Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho has collaborated with private hospitals in Mombasa, launching a 300-bed capacity isolation center at the Technical University of Mombasa, increasing the institution’s capacity to 500 beds.
Koitaba said that the isolation center at Coast General Hospital had a capacity of 150 beds, including 22 beds in intensive care units (ICU).
The county is also putting up an isolation center at Likoni School for the Blind in Likoni with a capacity of 30 beds.
“This will enable us to quarantine 680 people at a go… We have re-deployed essential health staff from five hospitals to augment service delivery at the centers”. She stated, adding that the five affected health centers had been shut down.