After the government failed to foot the bills for protective gear, government hospitals have started charging patients for the PPEs used on them.
Henceforth, patients in public hospitals will foot for the bills with a large amount of the money going to masks, gloves, hazmat suits, and other PPEs that the health workers use while attending to the patients.
According to reliable sources, this move emanates from the rise in the cost of material and equipment used to treat covid-19.
The cost of protective gear
The cost of a full protective gear that cost ksh 7,000 in March now goes for between 11,500 to 12,000.
According to some sources, the government has failed to release funds meant to purchase the protective gear and bills accrued by the coronavirus patients.
Instead, they’ve used their funds to buy the PPEs, which the government is yet to refund.
Some of the hospitals charging patients include the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Pay for treating covid-19 patients
At Kenyatta University, each patient has to part with almost Ksh 80,000 for the treatment of covid-19.
Patients who can’t pay the money via M-pesa remain held at the facility. Patients at the Intensive Care Unit, on the other hand, pay Ksh 71,000 per day.
During one of the pressers health, CAS Patrick Amoth said that treating an asymptomatic patient cost Ksh. 21,000 a day while those with mild symptoms paid Ksh 21,400 a day.
Doctor Amoth added that the high cost of treatment came from the protective gears used by doctors and nurses.