Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has shut down Shalom Hospital over the deadly coronavirus. This comes after there were recorded deaths and infections of members of staff with the deadly disease. While making the announcement on Twitter, Mutua also said the facility has been sealed off.
” Last night, my Government, after consultations with the Kenya Medical practitioners & Dentists Council & the Director General of Health, SEALED off Shalom Hospital in Athi River following deaths of some patients due to covid-19.
Other inpatients have also tested positive for covid-19 and the fear is that the patients were infected while in the hospital. A health worker has also tested positive. The Hospital is now a QUARANTINE facility and therefore no one is allowed to get in or leave the hospital,” Mutua said.
The governor also reiterated the process of screening and treatment of the patients those who tested positive within the facility will take time and has asked for patience from members of the public.
” The process of screening and testing for covid -19 imay take several days and has already started. Further decisions will be undertaken according to evaluation of the relevant agencies involved in the provision of health care and combating of Covid-19. I urge all Wananchi to be patient as we ensure all health facilities are safe so as to avoid hospital based infections that were witnessed in places like New York and several Italian cities. ”