In Taita Taveta County, Mwatate Sub-county Hospital, medical staffs have been taken to quarantine after testing a patient who was suffering from malaria but later discovered that he had covvid-19.From the sources it is disclosed that the medical staffs had interacted with the male patient on Monday.
The patient was admitted in the general ward after the initial lab tests showed that he was suffering from malaria. The patient is said to have developed fever and flu-like symptoms and that’s when he decided to seek for treatment.
However, according to samples from Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) laboratory in Kilifi, they caused panic among the staffs that came across the man after the test showed that the patient was covid-19 positive.
John Mwakima, County Executive Committee Member for Health on Friday confirmed that 11 workers in the hospital have been taken for quarantine in accordance with the ministry of health guidelines.
He added that there was no real-time test done to patients with covid-19 symptoms thus relying on Kemri lab at Kilifi for testing.
Medical union officials have said there was negligence while admitting the patient because the man could have been taken to isolation until results are out.
Reports say that the patient’s samples were taken on Wednesday and the results for COVID-19 came back on Saturday, three days after he had already been discharged from the hospital.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General in the county, Reuben Matolo, said the health department failed to strictly adhere to the Ministry of Health procedures thereby exposing doctors and patients to the risk of contracting the virus.Follow us in social media: