Covid-19: Governor Mutua, doctors say all ICU beds are full

Medical workers attend to coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit of an isolation and treatment center for those with COVID-19 in Machakos/ AP

All Machakos Level 5 Hospital’s 15 ICU beds and 12 HDU beds (total 27) full with severe Covid-19 patients, Governor Alfred Mutua has said.

In a Twitter post, Mutua further warned that all Machakos 42 ICU/HDU beds with oxygen points are also full.

“People are waiting for others to die to get a bed. Mask, avoid bars, be wise. HAKUNA VITANDA,” the governor said.

This comes shortly after the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union also warned there are no spaces left within Intensive Care Units across the country.

Acting KMPDU secretary general Chibanzi Mwachonda urged all Kenyans and politicians to adhere to Covid-19 protocols to save healthcare workers.

“The rising numbers of Covid-19 infections have not spared healthcare workers. 10 doctors are currently admitted to various hospitals yet we are at a point where we need many doctors in the counties,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Dr Mwachonda warned that Kenya is at the tipping point of the pandemic and doctors have noted with concern the general state of laxity in adherence to Covid-19 measures in the country.

He reiterated that the rising number of infections will lead to a high caseload and overwhelm the already stretched healthcare system as evidenced by the lack of adequate ICU units and personnel to handle severe Covid cases.

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