Just a day after it was put on the spot for allegedly conducting unauthorized Covid-19 tests, Lang’ata Hospital has come out to give its side of the story.
Through a statement to newsrooms, the hospital rubbished reports that it was carrying out Coronavirus tests, saying it consulted KEMRI on the possibility of referring patients.
“Over the past few months, the hospital has received numerous enquiries from its patients and other members of the public on the availability of COVID-19 testing services at the hospital laboratory.
“We have always advised them that we do not conduct such tests at our hospital laboratory, and we have indeed never conducted any such tests,” read the statement in part.
Adding: “The patients would report to Langata Hospital where they would be processed and advised on safety procedures by qualified medical personnel.
“They would then be driven to KEMRI for testing then back to the hospital after the testing in the hospital ambulance. The ambulance was always fumigated after each trip. No COVID-19 tests were ever done nor samples taken at Langata Hospital.”
Earlier this week, KEMRI urged the public to make formal requests if they need Covid-19 sample collection services.
KEMRI reiterated that walk-ins to its facilities will not be allowed although it will continue to conduct sample testing in all designated laboratories.