The Star (Kenya)

300-bed iso­la­tion or­der ‘barely met’

- AL­LAN KISIA / Health · Chilean Ministry of Health · Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination · Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia) · Mombasa · Machakos · Mandera · Kenya · Nairobi Province · Garissa · Kakamega · Kilifi · Kisii · Lamu · Bungoma · Kajiado

Only seven coun­ties have met the min­i­mum re­quire­ment of 300 beds to iso­late Covid-19 pa­tients.

A re­port from the Min­istry of Health on tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to county gov­ern­ments for mit­i­ga­tion of Covid-19 pandemic showed that only nine coun­ties had a to­tal of 250 beds and above.

Nairobi led the pack with 1,085 fol­lowed by Mom­basa (404), Machakos (371), Makueni (312), Garissa (310), Man­dera (307) and Kakamega (301). Fol­low­ing closely were Kil­ifi (271) and Kisii (250).

The re­port, which was sub­mit­ted the Se­nate Ad Hoc Com­mit­tee on Covid-19 Sit­u­a­tion in Kenya, fur­ther noted that only 28 per cent of coun­ties have a bed ca­pac­ity over 200.

The re­port doc­u­mented find­ings col­lab­o­ra­tively as­sessed by the Tech­ni­cal As­sis­tance Teams from the Health min­istry and the county rep­re­sen­ta­tives as at Au­gust 6.

“Sev­eral coun­ties have on­go­ing con­struc­tion works to in­crease their health in­fra­struc­ture to meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ments within the short term (30 days) and medium to long term (90 days),” it said.

Lamu had the least num­ber of beds at 13 fol­lowed by Bun­goma (22), Ka­ji­ado (24), Sam­buru (27) and Tana River (37).

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