Health Ministry to adopt home-based care for COVID-19 patients

The health ministry on Thursday said that 124 more people tested positive for coronavirus after 2460 samples were analyzed bringing the county’s total cases to 2340.

Of the new cases, Elgeyo Marakwet recorded its first case raising the number of counties with reported infections to 36.

Mombasa so far has the highest number of cases at 40 followed by Nairobi with 38, Busia (26) Kajiado (6), Kiambu (3), Garissa (2), Taita Taveta (2), Muranga and Elgeyo Marakwet both have one case.

Speaking during the daily coronavirus update, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the government is mulling to adopt home-based care protocols for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients as early as next week.

Kagwe said the move will pave way for the release of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients held at isolation facilities across the country.

“If this is implemented, it will free our health facilities at congestions, because in Nairobi alone, Mbagathi Hospital and Kenyatta University (KU) hospitals are already getting to full capacity, we have already completed the process of actualizing home and community-based care protocols,” he said.

Acting Director-General Patrick Amoth opined that the new protocols will facilitate the smooth running of hospitals managing COVID-19 patients.

“The home-based care is a key intervention which is approved by World Health Organisation (WHO) and it is meant to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed,” he added.