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Covid-19 Surge: Hotels to ease pressure on health facilities

Following the spike in the covid-19 positive cases across the country, the Ministry of Health has taken a move to negotiate with more than 20 hotels to admit Corona virus patients and their contacts for isolation to take the pressure off health facilities that have been overwhelmed.

Recently, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had warned about a second wave of the pandemic and urged Kenyans to be cautious. Now it is evident that the second wave of the infection is here with us and Hospitals are running out of beds. According to Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC), the country now has a total of 18,443 isolation beds which was earlier estimated to be enough, but more might be needed if cases continue to rise just like in the recent past.

At the beginning of the year, some universities and schools were being used as isolation centers but now this seems to be impossible because of the partial resumption of students in those institutions. This has called for the Health Ministry to renegotiate wit some hotels to help ease tension in health facilities.

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