Nairobi Hospital says it’s overwhelmed by surge in virus admissions

July 2020 the Star: Kenya’s capital could be staring at a Covid-19 crisis as one of the isolation centres, Nairobi Hospital, is struggling to accommodate new patients.

In a statement on Tuesday, hospital CEO Allan Pamba said as at July 4, the hospital had admitted 164 patients with 22 requiring intensive care admissions.

“Over this past weekend, the management faced a big challenge to stretch the hospital’s capacity to accommodate a sudden rise in cases presenting at the accident and Emergency department with suspected Covid-19,” he said.

He noted that the country is experiencing a surge in the number of positive symptomatic patients.

Virus cases rose to 8,250 on Tuesday with 164 confirmed fatalities.

With the eased restrictions, the countries cases are expected to rise exponentially.

Pamba hopes that the hospital partnership with the UN will pull through which will enable establishment of a facility in 5-8 weeks aid in solving the low capacity problem.

This comes even as the hospital improved admissions from a low 35 per cent bed occupancy in mid-April to a high 63 per cent in July.

“With this rising challenge, we are hopeful that the hospital board will support the next phase of the TNH-UN Covid-19 care partnership. This will give us a 150-bed state of the art Coronavirus hospital at the old nursing school,” he said.

According to him, the facility will have a 25 ICU bed capacity with ECMO capacity and its own operating theater.

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