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COVID-19 Isolation centre deserted as the baby unit remains closed

COVID-19 patients have been forced to self-isolate after the Kisii Level Six management closed
its Isolation centre as the Country entered the second week of nurses’ strike.
The hospital has been accommodating more than 40 COVID-19 patients at ago for the last
couple of months.
However, they were all ordered to leave the facility late last week as nurses and clinicians
maintained their stand and proceeded to their industrial strike.
Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Enock Ondari says they had to make quick decisions to save
the lives of several patients.
"The strike has affected all public Hospitals in the country. At least we referred the critical
patients to private hospitals through our ambulance services and at no cost."
For the second week, the hospital nursery which normally admits more than 30 infants also
remained closed.
Currently, the hospital which can admit up to 500 people has 15 patients. The number includes
those who have not been able to clear their bills.
The crippled services at the facility have led to an increase in inpatients services private hospitals
in the town.

By Frank Akunga

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