At least five doctors and 10 nurses at the Kakamega County General Hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last one week.
The hospital has been struggling with increasing cases and a senior Kakamega County was admitted in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) battling to defeat the virus after testing positive.
Following the continuous surge in cases, Kakamega county governor decided that bodies should be buried within 48 hours to avoid funeral gatherings which fuel the virus spread even more.
Medics at the hospital said there has been a continuous surge in COVID-19 cases because they were being exposed to the infections due to lack of PPEs and masks while on duty.
“The situation at the hospital is worrying since several of our colleagues have been infected while on duty and are currently admitted in the hospital while others have been admitted in isolation facilities which are full,” said a doctor.
Kakamega County General Hospital employees in other departments like Finance have been asked to start reporting to work in shifts to reduce the high levels of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
According to Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, half of the patients admitted in Mumias were inmates and warders from the Kakamega prison facilities as infections kept surging at the Shikusa Borstal facility and other prison facilities in the county.
COVID-19 isolation facilities at the hospital were overwhelmed by the increasing cases forcing the county government to look for other alternatives in Likuyani Sub-County.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya raised concern and blamed politicians who are organizing campaign rallies for causing the congestion that’s exposing people to the COVID-19 virus.
“The government needs to come up with serious measures to ensure that politicians who are now having political meetings are checked because they have really contributed to this spread,” said Mr. Oparanya.
As of 27th October 2020, Kenya’s confirmed COVID-19 infections crossed the 50,000-mark after 836 cases were recorded in 24 hours as 14 more patients succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 934.
Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday said 836 more people tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample size of 4,076 taking the number of infections in Kenya past the 50,000-mark to hit 50,833.