The government has this afternoon hinted at making COVID-19 tests a compulsory procedure to all patients admitted in various health facilities across the country.
Speaking during Monday’s press briefing, Health DG Dr. Patrick Amoth said the move would not only protect healthcare workers but also those admitted.
“When people die at the hospital they risk infecting health workers and patients at the wards who have a weak immune system. Admission at a facility may soon require testing so that health care providers are protected,” he said.
This would mean that any Kenyan seeking medical care in any of the hospitals would need to go through standard testing before admission for treatment.
Kenya’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 700 after 28 more people tested positive, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman has said today.
The new cases include 10 from Mombasa County, 9 from Kajiado, 7 in Nairobi, and 2 from Wajir. He said all the cases in Kajiado were truck drivers tested at the Namanga border point with Tanzania.
One more patient died in Nairobi bringing total deaths to 33, while 251 have recovered from the virus.
Dr. Aman noted that all of the Kajiado cases from the last 24 hours were from truck drivers at the Namanga border point. He said that this development pointed to the fact that there was a problem in neighboring Tanzania.
He also raised the red flag over border crossing by members of communities living in counties such as Wajir and Mandera that are close to Somalia.