According to the Ministry of Health, two of the country’s major isolation facilities at Mbagathi Hospital and Kenyatta University Hospital are almost filling up with corona virus patients even as the number of infections continue to rise by the day.

Mbagathi Hospital has a capacity of 112 beds. Kenyatta University Hospital, which as of Wednesday, June 3 had 346 patients has set aside 456 beds for patients who have contracted the coronavirus

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, in a press briefing on Thursday, said over 80% of coronavirus patients in the country are asymptomatic which means they may be managed through home-based or community based isolation facilities.

“If this is implemented it would free our health facilities from congestion because we are reaching, for example in Nairobi, at a time when both Mbagathi and Kenyatta University Hospitals are getting to full status,” said CS Kagwe.

He noted that the Ministry has completed the process of actualizing home and community-based protocols for roll out and to be implemented countrywide.

“What this means is that  a lot of people in isolation facilities may be released to be taken care of at their homes. Provided two things happen; first that it is in line with new World Health Organization protocols we are still looking at and trying to customize and domesticate to our situation and secondly it has to do with facilities that families may have and where families are not able to self isolate/quarantine the government will still assist in the process,” said Kagwe.

His sentiments were echoed by Ministry of Health Director General Patrick Amoth who said it makes no business sense to have COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic managed in hospitals.

Dr. Amoth indicated that the home-care protocols could be launched within the next one week.

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