Kingi converts Kilifi medical complex to a covid-19 isolation centre

medical complexThe newly launched isolation centre at Kilifi county hospital

Kilifi county governor Amason Kingi has launched a 150 bed capacity covid-19 isolation centre at the newly built Kilifi medical complex.

The centre has six Intensive Care Unit beds complete with ventilators.

Speaking during the launch on Wednesday, Kingi said the Kilifi medical complex will be the main isolation centre while the Jibana, Mbudzi and Mtwapa centres will serve as satellite isolation centres.

Kingi also unveiled a residence for the doctors who will be working at the isolation centre.

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The residence can accommodate 14 doctors.

According to the initial plan, the multimillion Kilifi medical complex was to host an ICU, cancer unit, emergency wing and other specialized medical units.

“The complex is a bigger project which will be complete in September but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have been forced to convert the first phase into an isolation centre.

Currently, the county has no active covid-19 case after the recovery of all the six cases reported in the county.

Kingi said the equipment bought for COVID-19 shall be used even after the pandemic.

He expressed concerns that some people are still flouting protocols set to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

He took issues with people who still use concealed routes to travel to Mombasa county against the movement cessation order.

Kingi acknowledged that there is a challenge in doing mass testing due to lack of testing kits which are only issued by KEMSA through the national government.

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