No home-based care for coronavirus patients in slums, government says

Dr Rashid Aman
Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman. [Photo Star]

The Ministry of Health has ruled out having coronavirus patients get home-based care if they live in the slums.

Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman on Monday while speaking at Afya House said that they are not taking anything to chance.

He maintained that even asymptomatic patients who live in the slums will not be allowed to get COVID-19 care here.

He cited that such a scenario places a huge health risk to those who are taking care of them and those who live in the same house.

DR Aman noted that COVID-19 patients need to be alone in their confined spaces to enable social distancing.

“The environment in which patients who have contracted the Covid-19 disease needs to be assessed,” Aman said.

He offered that the government is contemplating on having a dedicated centre for asymptomatic patients.

The CAS also announced that 95 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 2,862.

The ministry tested 1,096 samples in the last 24 hours. So far, 98,439 cases have been tested.

Three of the new cases are foreigners while 92 are Kenyans.

Mombasa recorded 56 cases, Nairobi 13, Busia 10, Kajiado 6, Kilifi 3, Kitui, Kwale and Marsabit recorded one case each.

On a positive note, 97 people were discharged bringing the total number to 849.

Sadly, one more person died. The total number of deaths is 85.