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Government begins coronavirus mass testing of medical practitioners

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The Government has begun mass testing of medical practitioners and staff working in health facilities for the Covid-19 disease.

The exercise was launched at the Kenyatta National Hospital by Health PS Susan Mochache where at least 400 medical officers were screened.

MP Caleb Kositany also joined KNH staff for voluntary testing for COVID-19 during the launch.

According to Health Principal Secretary, Susan Mochache screening will first be conducted in all medical facilities with special focus on first-line responders of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Health hopes to test 500 medical officers daily before the screening is scaled up to the general public.

One of the challenges noted with novel Coronavirus testing is the long duration it takes for results to be known.

However, the government has procured machines that will give results after three hours of testing and will be able to test at least 3000 people in a day.

The COBAS 6800 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine, can test approximately 3000 samples per day on a 24-hour basis and the results given within 3 to 6 hours.

COBAS 6800 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine
COBAS 6800 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine, that can test approximately 3000 samples per day on a 24 hour basis and the results given within 3 to 6 hours

In Other News – Coronavirus cases hit 216 as 8 more test positive

The number of Coronavirus cases has hit 216 as eight more cases test positive for the disease.

Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi said five of the new patients are Kenyans while three are foreign nationals.

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Out of the eight cases, six have a history of travel from UAE, UK, Pakistan, Zambia and Comoros. We have six cases from Nairobi county, Siaya and Nakuru one each. read more

Source – KBC

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