Kenya enhances testing capacity for coronavirus Nairobi, Friday April 10, 2020












The government has enhanced testing and diagnostic capabilities to undertake an average of 600 tests a day on COVID-19 cases, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said today.

This number will be scaled up in the coming days, the CS said and confirmed that the Government has commenced the testing of all medical personnel to be rolled out throughout the country.

“We are continuing to enhance our capacity and capability within our health facilities to combat this disease and to date over 100,000 healthcare workers have been trained on COVID-19 and over 4000 doctors across the country have benefitted from an e-based training on the same,” the CS said.

The CS also announced that in order to enhance readiness of the Counties, the Ministry of Health is working with the Kenya power and lighting company to fast track connection of 3-phase power to various county facilities.

This he noted will help counties to fully utilize medical equipment, to effectively manage COVID-19 patients and enable optimum utilization of existing equipment’s under the Managed Equipment Service (MES) programme.

He highlighted that Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs) that were to be distrusted in the country had slowed down due to clearance from KEBS, but reported that over 10,000 PPEs are now ready for distribution.

The Country, he added has capacity to produce more than 30,000 PPEs per day and thus it will be able to meet the requirement.

He also cautioned that despite mobile money operators facilitating the ease of doing e-transactions, there was a lot of concern as people continue to disregard this advice.

He argued that Kenyans should minimize the handling of physical money in any business transactions since the physical money presents surfaces that can very easily be contaminated with the virus.

“I am encouraging you to transact electronically and minimize the handling of cash. Take all measures to avoid exchanging notes and coins as this is for your own good, and the good of the country,” he said.

He also confirmed that, the Ministry of Health, together with the Ministry of Environment and other Government agencies, have developed and circulated a protocol on COVID-19 waste management to the County Governments for operationalization.