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41 staff members at Pumwani test positive for Covid-19

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41 employees at Pumwani Maternity hospital have tested positive for for the novel Covid-19.

Speaking during a visit to the facility, acting Health Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth  said that the 41 healthcare workers  tested positive from 290 samples

Dr. Amoth noted that out of the 41 staff members who have tested positive at Pumwani hospital, two of them have since recovered.

“All these 41 have been on home home-based care isolation and two have been discharged from home-based isolation care. The remaining 39 are doing well,”

Dr. Amoth further added that the remaining 100 staff members will also be tested.

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He added that the government will support all the afflicted healthcare workers.

The DG said currently 429 health workers have been exposed to Covid-19.

“We continue to support them. Some are on home-based care while others are in hospitals. We are giving them psychological support, this is to make sure that after they recuperate, they can be able to come back to our hospitals and help us in this fight.” he added

He, however, assured that delivery of services at the hospital will continue, noting that measures have been put in place to protect the health workers as well as members of public visiting the hospital.

“The hospital is safe, the staff who are working here are properly trained and we’ll continue to give them support in terms of capacity building and proper gear.” he added

Concerns on the outbreak of COVID-19 at Pumwani Hospital emerged over the weekend after Kenya National Union of Nurses Nairobi County Chair Boaz Onchari on Sunday said there were 15 nurses at the facility who had tested positive and were asymptomatic.