The government has officially opened an Infectious Disease Unit (IDU) and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility at the new Kenyatta University Teaching , Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH).

Speaking at the facility, Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that initially the hospital had a bed capacity of 650.

“Today we will have an additional 500 bed facility out of which 60 of the beds will be HDU/ ICU and today we have already installed 30 beds. As opposed to popular opinion that the health sector is overwhelmed , even the original 24 that we had put in place are not fully occupied so it is not true but it is better be ready in advance”, he said .

Kagwe explained that with the support of the government working together with the facility there are now having 60 additional HDU/ ICU beds and 440 isolation beds, bringing the total number of beds in this facility to 1150 beds out of which 150 are for cancer purposes and the rest committed to COVID 19.

“Oxygen is a very important part in the fight against COVID 19 and this facility has an oxygen plant that is piped to all clinical areas and is able to refill to other facilities within and without this institution.

“Nairobi accounts for 60 percent of all COVId 19 positive cases and is at a critical stage in the growth of the pandemic and requires increased capacity to cope with the situation”, he said .

Sadly the CS, noted that the government has lost two healthcare workers to Covid-19.

“Service delivery remains a county governments function and I want to urge the county governments to listen to any complains , murmurs or concerns among our health care workers with a view of addressing them in the soonest possible time. As a ministry we stand ready to extend our support as maybe necessary to ensure our people are served across the county .

On the COVID-19 statistics, 671 people tested positive on Wednesday, from 6,200 samples tested in the last 24 hours bringing to 23,873 the number of positive cases.

Cumulative tests now stand at 329,123 and from the positive cases 633 are Kenyans while 38 are foreigners.

Nairobi continues to lead with 376 people , kaimbu takes second position at 112 cases , Machakos 20, Kisumu 16, Kajiado 16, Busia 15, Uasin Gishu 15, Nyeri 13, Narok 10, Nakuru 10, Bomet 9, Kericho 9, Meru 7, Mombasa 6, Embu 5, Nandi 5, Kisii 5, Garissa 3, Tana River 3, Kilifi 2, Muranga 2, Tharaka Nithi 2, Trans Nzoia 2, Vihiga 2 Baringo 2, Kakamega 1, Nyamira 1, Samburu 1, Taita Taveta 1,In Nairobi ‘s 376 cases Dagoretti North with 42 is quite a big number for the area its followed by Langat with (37), Westlands (34), Kibra (25), Kamukunji (23), Kasarani (23), Makadara (22), Embakasi East (21), Starehe (21), Dagoretti South (20), Ruaraka (20), Embakasi South (19), Roysambu (17), Embakasi North (15) Embakasi West (14), Embakasi Central (12), Mathare (11).

The CS noted that today 603 patients have recovered from the disease. From this number 436 are from the Home based Care program while 167 have been discharged from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,930.

Unfortunately, the country has also lost 3 patients to the disease, bringing our fatality to 391.

Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH ) board chairman Prof. Olive Mugenda said that as the number of new COVID infections continue to rise, the capacity of the hospital to receive more patients is getting smaller and the additional beds would come in handy.

Ag. Director general Dr. Patrick Amoth said that on average the government has now traced more than 75,000 contacts since the pandemic began.

“We have done well so far but remember the pandemic is in various stages and in Nairobi currently we are reporting intense community transmission and therefore making contact tracing very difficult, he said.”

On home based care programmes, Dr. Amoth said that so far the government has discharged 5666 people almost a 50/ 50 percent with hospital discharges despite homecare starting just 7 weeks ago. This shows 144 days down the lane since the first case that the hombe care based is reaping good dividends and that the government will soldier on to strengthen its systems.

So far he noted that there are 723 health care’s workers infected by COVID 19 out of which 385 are male and 338 female.