CORONAVIRUS EFFECTS

Covid-19: Nairobi Hospital closes satellite clinics, sets up staff accommodation

Workers who have been operating in its centers have been asked to report to the main hospital.

In Summary

• Accidents and emergency services will still be available at the main hospital.

• The management said the outpatient centres will be closed on April 2 at 4 pm until further notice.

Nairobi Hospital
Nairobi Hospital
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The Nairobi Hospital has announced the closure of its satellite outpatient centres and recalled all staff to be based at the main facility in Kilimani in a bid to consolidate resources to fight Covid-19.

The changes take effect on Thursday evening.

The hospital has also set up a 100+ bed capacity residence to accommodate staff who may be required to stay close by to deal with Covid-19 patients.

In a notice to the public, the management said the outpatient centres will be closed on April 2 at 4 pm until further notice.

The hospital also announced that the Andersen speciality clinics at the main hospital would no longer be accepting walk-ins. 

High risk obstetrics, vaccination clinic and family health clinic will be seen on appointment basis only. The clinics will operate between 8am and 3pm.

Consultant staff will conduct consultations through telemedicine for non-emergency services.

Accidents and emergency services will still be available at the main hospital.

The closed centres include are at Galleria Mall, Southfield Mall, Rosslyn Riviera, Capital Center, Warwick Center and Kiambu Mall.

All patients seeking services are advised to access the facility through the Accident and Emergency Unit.

They will first be screened and if they exhibit Covid-19 symptoms, they will be taken to an isolation unit.

In the letter signed by CEO Allan Pamba, the hospital advised patients to fully disclose their travel history, any fever or history of contact with a Covid-19 patient.

On Wednesday, two of the patients who had fully recovered from the disease shared their story.

There are four patients who have fully recovered to date and 110 reported cases of Covid-19.

The Nairobi Hospital advised Kenyans to maintain good sneezing and coughing ettiquette, wash hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, use sanitiser and practise social distancing.