Acting Health DG, Dr Patrick Amoth on Tuesday, July 14,
announced that 41 staff workers at the Pumwani Maternity hospital tested
positive for COVID-19.
While assessing the situation outside the hospital, Dr Amoth said out of the 290
staff that were tested, 19 are healthcare workers, while 22 are support staff.
Dr Amoth also stated an isolation centre would be created
for staff who would not have met the criteria to self-isolate at home.
“Further, we have agreed that beginning today, we’ll have an
isolation centre dedicated for staff of the hospital at the school of nursing
for those who may not meet the criteria for home-based isolation," said
However, the acting Health DG assured Kenyans who want to
visit the facility that the hospital is safe.
“The hospital is safe, the staff who are working here are
properly trained and we’ll continue to give them support in terms of capacity
building and proper gear,” added Dr. Amoth.
Speaking during COVID-19 daily briefings on Monday, health CS Mutahi
Kagwe said that mass testing was being conducted at the hospital after a
section of Kenyans raised concerns.
CS Kagwe said a decision to close the hospital would be made
after mass testing is done.
“The situation will be assessed by the medics and so far, we
have been able to isolate everybody and I know there's mass testing that has
been able to be done in the entire hospital. We were able to isolate two more
yesterday. So far it is not necessary to close the hospital," said CS