Four patients who exhibited symptoms similar to those of COVID- 19 quarantined at the Kitui County isolation centre situated at Kauwi Level IV Hospital have tested negative.
Speaking in Kitui on Wednesday, Governor Charity Ngilu said that their samples were submitted to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for testing.
“Since the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in Kenya on March 13, 2020, the County Government of Kitui has taken measures aimed at ensuring the safety of the public,” said Ngilu.
She said that these measures include proactive surveillance and isolation of any patient with symptoms that are similar to those of Coronavirus.
Ngilu said that among the suspected patients included a 45-year-old male admitted on March 20, 2020. “His results were negative and he has been discharged,” she said.
On the same score, a 17-year-old expectant female admitted on March 21, 2020 tested negative for Covid-19. “She has been transferred to Kitui Referral Hospital for management of complications as a result of her pregnancy,” said the governor.
Similarly, a 30-year-old female admitted from Mwingi Sub-County Hospital on March 22, 2020 is also negative for Covid-19 and she is being processed for discharge.
At the same time, a 27-year-old female admitted from Mwingi Sub-County on March 22, 2020 also tested negative for Covid-19. She is being processed for discharge, added Ngilu.
Further, the Governor revealed that a suspected case of Covid-19 was reported in Ngomeni in Mwingi Sub-County Tuesday has been transferred to the County Isolation Centre at Kauwi level IV hospital. She said samples from the patient will be sent to KEMRI laboratory in Nairobi for Covid-19 test.
“I urge Kitui residents to continue observing directives issued by County leadership and adhere to directions issued by the Ministry of Health,” said Ngilu.
By Yobesh Onwong’a