Mombasa county government has opened a 300 bed capacity Covid-19 isolation centre at the Technical University of Mombasa.
Four ambulances will also be stationed at the centre.
Governor Hassan Joho said the centre has a capacity of 500 beds but he has managed to source the 300 beds.
The centre was set up through a collaboration with private hospitals and donors from different organizations.
The ambulances, he said will be used to transfer patients with severe conditions to other facilities.
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Joho reiterated on his stand over lockdown, saying it will help stem the spread of coronavirus.
“People are arguing about the lockdown due to economic challenge but we can always recover economically but we will never recover health-wise and that is why we are pushing for it,” said Joho.
“We have agreed on a structured shared human resource private plan where doctors from private hospitals will contribute to giving treatment to our patients,” said Joho.
He said that Mombasa has a dedicated workforce and plan to fight Covid-19 adding that the clinic has all the medical equipment required.
“We have people who have called our number but they don’t want to cooperate,” said Joho
He urged residents to come out for treatment in case someone feels that they have symptoms or they have come into contact with Coronavirus positive individuals.
“Covid 19 is real and serious, the number in Mombasa are unbelievable and is rising at a high rate,” said Joho
Mass testing began where 600 out of 7000 KPA staffs have been tested and out of the 300 results received 23 patients tested positive.
County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said that it feels frustrating when efforts are put in to try and control the spread of Covid 19 but the numbers still go up.
Kitiyo said that the biggest challenge Mombasa county is facing is the way of life where people are used to doing things casually.
“Covid 19 is a serious disease. It is killing and it will continue to kill. We must stop it by changing our way of living,” said Kitiyo
He said that corona virus is spread by people and therefore people should stop moving and stay home.
He urged the residents to change their behavior and heed to medical advice and take necessary precautions.