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Virus patients set for community-based care

Rashid Aman
Ministry of Health (MoH) Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Slum dwellers who test positive for Covid-19 but show no symptoms will be isolated at facilities within their communities as the government moves to create hospital space for emergency.

Official statistics indicate that 78 percent of the Covid-19 patients in Kenya are either asymptomatic or show mild signs that require no hospitalisation.

Ministry of Health (MoH) Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said during Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday that providing care to such cases in community-based facilities would create hospital admission space for more serious cases and allow healthcare workers to focus their attention to persons requiring medical attention.

“For Covid-19 patients who live in informal settlements the government is identifying community institutions that meet the requirement of providing care,” he said.

The government will cover the cost of isolating the asymptomatic patients in these institutions, he said.

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One will only be admitted to a community facility where it is determined home isolation is difficult.

The Health ministry reported 121 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the country’s tally to 3,215. Some 44 people were discharged from hospitals and three more persons succumbed, bringing total recoveries and deaths to 1,092 and 93 respectively.

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