ADVERTISEMENT

Kenya ranked among countries with the lowest capacity to handle corona virus

Kenya has only 11 isolation beds that would be used in case of an outbreak

Lancet report ranks Kenya among African countries with the lowest capacity to handle corona virus

A report by the US journal, Lancet, has ranked Kenya among African countries with the lowest capacity to handle corona virus which has become a global crisis.

ADVERTISEMENT

The report by Lancet evaluated thirteen countries that had been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having the highest risk of importing the deadly virus.

The countries included Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The countries were then ranked based on the risk of importing the virus and the ability to manage the disease in the event it is detected in the country's borders.

Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana were ranked lowest in capacity to manage the disease although the report indicated the three countries had moderate risk of importing the disease.

Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa were the countries at highest importation risk from China, based on the high passenger volume from China.

South Africa, despite its high risk of importation , was found to have the highest laboratory capacity although it was ranked low in risk communication.

The report by Lancet was done between January and February 19th - at a time when Kenya had halted flights from China.

Kenya's low ranking was caused by the fact that it neither had the diagnostic equipment to test the disease nor the capacity to treat it. The country's poor quarantine facilities further lowered the score.

"Some are without the diagnostic capacity for rapid testing for the virus; thus, if cases are imported, tests will need to be done abroad, which might critically increase the delay from identification of suspected cases to their confirmation and isolation, affecting possible disease transmission," the report read in part.

Kenya is in the process of procuring test kits which will ease the process of testing suspected cases.

In the past, samples from suspected patients have been flown to South Africa for a number of days.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health said Kenya has only 11 isolation beds ready to be used in case of a coronavirus outbreak.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Most young people want quick things and the easy way – Charlene Ruto

Most young people want quick things and the easy way – Charlene Ruto

How Atwoli will pump in cash from his viral catchphrase

How Atwoli will pump in cash from his viral catchphrase

Uhuru-linked NCBA bank confirms it will pay KRA within a day if directed

Uhuru-linked NCBA bank confirms it will pay KRA within a day if directed

State House announces planned visit by Italian President Sergio Mattarell

State House announces planned visit by Italian President Sergio Mattarell

Ruto reveals number of Kenyans struggling to repay Hustler Fund loans

Ruto reveals number of Kenyans struggling to repay Hustler Fund loans

Top 10 counties with the highest cancer cases

Top 10 counties with the highest cancer cases

12 special locations Magoha's body will be taken before burial

12 special locations Magoha's body will be taken before burial

IG Koome explains why he recalled Uhuru's escort commander

IG Koome explains why he recalled Uhuru's escort commander

Kibicho speaks after reports of security removal for Uhuru, Matiang'i, and himself

Kibicho speaks after reports of security removal for Uhuru, Matiang'i, and himself

ADVERTISEMENT