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Filled To Capacity: The Status of Major Hospital ICU Beds In Nairobi Alarm Kenyans

The deadly Corona virus came in for a third wave which health experts say is deadlier than the past waves of the pandemic in Kenya. The has caused havoc worldwide and Kenya in particular is greatly affected in terms of public health concerns. Most of the patients in many Intensive care units of almost all hospitals are Corona virus patients who are battling the severe complications of the virus. This has even made it difficult for people who have severe complications of other major diseases to get spaces at ICUs.

The ministry of Health recently announced that most ICUs countrywide are all filled and there are limited spaces due to the recent spikes in Corona virus cases. A memo online by the Kenya Medical practitioners and dentists board cited that all ICU Beds in Kenyatta National hospital, Nairobi Hospital, MP Shah Hospital and Kenyatta University Teaching and referral hospital have all been filled to capacity and only Nairobi West Hospital have a few ICU Beds remaining. From the Memo, the deposit for booking an ICU bed ranges from 150,000 for the Government hospitals to 650,000 Shillings for the private hospitals.

As all the ICU Beds in hospitals continue to be filled to capacity, patients requiring ICU care continue to be managed in High Dependent units (HDU) and the regular wards.

What do you think about the state of the ICU Beds in Kenyan Major hospitals? Leave a comment below.

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