The Ministry of Health has kicked off a home-based care system for COVID-19 patients allowing them to recuperate at home, Health CS Mutagi Kagwe announced on Sunday.

So far, 550 non-critical cases have been allowed to leave various hospitals and recover at their homes.

The Kenyatta University Teaching and Refferal Hospital has so far discharged 338 active cases while the Coast General Hospital has discharged 212 patients.

Those discharged will be required to stick to the guidelines by World Health Organisation (WHO) for the requisite 14 days.

The decision to discharge non-critical cases was informed by the increasing positive cases at various hospitals with the Mbagathi Hospital and Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital almost filling up with COVID-19 patients.

Mbagathi Hospital has a capacity of 112 beds.

Kenyatta University Hospital, which as of Wednesday, June 3 had 346 patients has set aside 456 beds for patients who have contracted the coronavirus.

MoH previously noted that 80% of Kenya’s coronavirus patients are asymptomatic whose conditions may be managed through home-based or community-based isolation facilities.

Source: Citizen TV

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