Patient who died at MP Shah Hospital tested negative for coronavirus, Government Spokesman says

Kenyans were in panic following reports that a patient of Indian origin who jetted into the country last week died a few hours after exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms.

Reports indicate that the patient was taken ill a few hours after landing in Kenya and was hospitalized at the MP Shah hospital where he was kept in isolation where he died on Saturday night.

Following the reports, Government Spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna said that the patient whose details remain unknown tested negative to Coronovirus despite exhibiting symptoms linked to the deadly virus that has since killed more than 3,000 people globally.

“Last evening, one suspected case (now deceased), was investigated at MP Shah hospital but turned negative on testing for COVID-19,” Oguna tweeted on Monday.

Oguna said the government through the Mutahi Kagwe led Ministry of Health will remain on top of things and respond to alerts.

“The Ministry of Health will continue to respond to any alerts as they are reported through the various establish channels and through designated officers, who at the moment are myself, the Cabinet Secretary for Health or their appointed agents,” he said.

Last week, Mr Kagwe who chairs the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus (NERCC) instituted a 30-day ban on all international conferences in Kenya.

He said that this will reduce the risk of coronavirus infection adding that the directive will affect 15 foreigners who were set to hold conferences in Kenya.
This comes even as the State proactively prepares for any eventuality on coronavirus. On Friday last week, the Health CS together with his members visited the newly installed Mbagathi Hospital Infectious Diseases Unit which will deal with any case on coronavirus.