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Coast hospital sets 19 beds for Coronavirus

The  Mombasa governor, Hasan Joho addresses the Media after inspecting special wards at Coast referral Hospital on Monday March 16, 2020 in readiness for Coronavirus. Photo by KNA.
Mombasa residents crowd at a chemist in search for hygiene provisions to guard against contracting coronavirus. Photo by Joseph Kamolo/KNA.

The  County government of Mombasa has equipped and set aside 19 special rooms at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital in an effort to contain Coronavirus.

Speaking during a tour of the facility  on Monday, area governor, Hassan Joho assured residents that both the national and county governments were ready to contain any case if reported.

“The county government has also began the process of a supplementary budget to counter the new pandemic in the world. Four more hospitals have been identified and have prepared similar wards in readiness for any emergence of the disease in the county,” Joho assured.

He called on residents to remain calm, observe hygiene like washing hands, covering self when sneezing and avoid contacts, including greetings to guard against contracting the disease.

On  Saturday, the committee on Corona surveillance unveiled mitigation measures against the disease where it recommended closure of night clubs and discotheques.

The  governor said then that public hand washing facilities have been set at both sides of the Likoni Ferry crossing where all ferry users will be required to wash hands before and after disembarking from the ferry.

He appealed to members of the public not to panic, adding, “Corona is not a death sentence. Most people said to have contracted the disease in many countries earlier are said to have been cured.”

Joho reiterated the commitment by both the national and county governments to coordinate efforts to contain the disease that has so far spread to 130 countries in the world.

By  Joseph Kamolo

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