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Kenyan student quarantined over suspected coronavirus infection in Mombasa

A Kenyan medical student from China suspected to have contracted the coronavirus is admitted at Rehemtullah at Coast General Hospital in Mombasa.

The  student from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou arrived from China on January 30, 2020 and was first admitted at Mombasa Hospital with complaints of chest pain and difficulties in breathing.

She  was  later  transferred to the Coast General Hospital on Sunday and is currently isolated in a private room at Rehemtullah wing.

The  Mombasa County Chief Health Officer, Dr. Khadija Shikely confirmed that the student who hails from Likoni constituency in Mombasa is strictly isolated at the hospital.

“We have sent her blood samples to the Ministry of Health in Nairobi for analysis. At the moment, even family members are not allowed to visit her except the doctor and nurses assigned to her, revealed Dr. Shikely.

However, the health official said the patient was stable but they cannot take chances until they get results from Nairobi tomorrow.

She dismissed rumours that a Chinese national is admitted at the Coast General Hospital with coronavirus.

The hospital which is presently under strict surveillance did not allow the media to enter the facility to see the patient.

The news of the sick student went viral in social media and has caused panic among the residents of the tourist resort town of Mombasa.

The  Outgoing Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Sicily Kariuki on Saturday  asked Kenyans to avoid non-essential visit to China.

By  Mohamed Hassan