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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Crisis looms as COVID-19 patients take up all ICU beds

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Millions of Kenyans are staring at a crisis after it emerged that all Intensive Care Units (ICU) beds in Nairobi County health facilities are full.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Mercy Mwangangi further painted a grim picture in counties with only a few beds are remaining.

This means should there be a third wave of the COVID-19, there will be no ICU  beds to contain the situation.

During a meeting with legislators, Dr Mwangangi was categorical that it was no longer “if” but “when” a third wave will strike, saying there was already a spike in the number of Corona patients.

“Yes, we are seeing an increase in the number of admissions in the ICU, which is definitely a third wave,” she said.

She said that as of Tuesday 11pm, there were no beds available in ICU departments at all hospitals in Nairobi.

The CAS who appeared before the National Assembly’s Health Committee chaired by Murang’a County Woman Rep Sabina Chege, also said they have tasked Kenya Medical Research Institute centers in Kisumu and Kilifi counties to start conducting genomic surveillance of the new variants in the country. Move follows discovery of the new strain from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil after some patients tested positive for it.

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