COVID-19; Kenya To Discharge Asymptomatic Patients

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Kenyan health authorities has announced plans to discharge nearly all asymptomatic coronavirus patients to free-up space in congested hospitals.

However, the government has released guidelines for home-based care for discharged patients, which include at least 10 days of isolation.

“Due to our rising number of Covid-19 cases, it is increasingly becoming difficult and untenable to isolate all patients in our hospitals for management and care. For those in informal settlements we would need to put them in institutions in the community that meet the requirements,” health ministry official Rashid Aman said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

Adding that patients with no underlying health conditions and have suitable space at home are also eligible for discharge. Community healthcare workers will also be involved in the daily assessment of the patients at home.

Kenya has confirmed 3,094 cases of coronavirus so far.

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