Home-based care programme for Covid-19 patients suspended in Mombasa

The County Government of Mombasa has banned home-based ICU facilities for Covid-19 patients over the emergence of improper ICU in various homes.

The County’s Covid-19 response committee claimed the unlicensed ICUs at homes are causing a surge in Covid-19 infections in Kenya's oldest town.

"Treatment of Covid-19 cases at home is prohibited. We have received cases whereby some individuals have opened ICUs in their own homes, which is a very dangerous practice. All those battling the virus must seek treatment in hospitals,” said the committee.

Public Health Chief Officer Pauline Oginga noted that there are people administering oxygen, IV and other kinds of treatments within homes, saying that is risky because of lack of capacity and skills for monitoring such patients.

She added that hospitals always get late referrals from such entities when the health conditions of such patients have deteriorated, and the outcome is always poor.

At the same time, the committee also banned all live performances in hotels and bars. A multi-agency committee has been formed in the sub-counties to inspect bars and shut down the non-compliant ones.

Mombasa residents have also been urged to conduct funerals and other rites within 72 hours of confirmation of death.

Transporters, supermarkets, bars, shops, hotels and restaurants have been directed to comply with the protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health.

All public gatherings and in-person meetings are also banned, and places of worship are urged to adhere to one third capacity rule.

Employees are encouraged to work from home, except providers of critical services, including security and health workers.

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