Nairobi should also convert stadiums to hospitals if Covid-19 cases continue to rise — Alfred Mutua
By Vincent Kejitan | July 21st 2020
Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua on Tuesday opined that
Nairobi should utilize resources effectively as it fights Covid-19.
Speaking during an interview on a local TV station, Mutua
said there were conversations about flying patients to neighbouring counties
for treatment but some got more resources to contain the virus.
“There’s a conversation of Nairobi County admitting its
patients in neighboring counties but looking at the resources given for
preparation to Nairobi it’s a lot more than Machakos.
“Why can’t it get its act together & convert stadiums to
hospitals?” he asked.
Adding: “We do not want to take the burden of others…but if a
place is overwhelmed I am willing to accept anyone.
“But if you are overwhelmed because you have not done your
work, why should I take your burden?”
Nairobi continues to lead in terms of the number of
infections but according to the Ministry of Health, most Covid-19 patients in
the country are asymptomatic and can recover at home by following the
Ever since the cessation of movement order was lifted, the
country has recorded high numbers, prompting President Uhuru Kenyatta to call
an emergency meeting of top officials to review the situation.
The President has set the Fifth Extraordinary Session of the
National and County Governments Coordinating Summit for this Friday on the back
of a surge in infections and deaths.
The summit will, among other things, assess counties’
preparedness within the wider national response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The session has been convened following a surge of Covid-19
infections across our nation with the disease having now manifested in 44 of
our 47 counties as of July,” read a statement by State House Spokesperson Kanze
Further, the summit will evaluate overall national response
and capacity, review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and
assess the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions that were in place.
Dena said the meeting would also consider the evolution of the disease and the medical models on how Covid-19 may propagate over the months of August and September.
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