Hospitals not designated as special centres to address the COVID-19 cases are registering deaths caused by respiratory disorders thought to be related to the deadly virus that has so far claimed 12 lives going by the numbers given by the MOH.
The deaths in these centres have given rise to anxiety and fears those in doubt believing the figures given out by the ministry is a pretty hoax.
Prior to the reporting of the first COVID-19 patient on March 13, there existed an abnormal number of people suffering from pneumonia, and the fact the ministry has never issued an explanation of the pneumonia cases to this point presents for debate many queries.
There have been patients suffering from ailments related to the prevalent deadly virus and the deaths arising from the ailments raises questions even as the government assures of having taken control of the whole situation.
For instance, as reported by a local daily, a 50-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in Nairobi after complaining of stomach pains.
She is said to have began developing breathing problems on the second day of admission Preliminary tests and the clinical symptoms pointed to pneumonia.
Following the directives given by the ministry, the patient’s samples were sent to Mbagathi Hospital for testing.
However, she died soon after, though her death was not recorded among the ones caused by coronavirus.
“Health workers at Mbagathi started by dismissing the case even before seeing the patient, but we sent samples anyway and the waiting began.” a doctor said in anonymity.
As workers at the private hospital waited, the woman’s condition deteriorated and she lapsed into respiratory distress.
She required a ventilator, which is usually in the intensive care unit. Without the results, the doctors went on a calling spree to Covid-19 isolation centres.
None — not even the newly opened Kenya University Training and Referral Hospital — could take the patient. “We only had one ICU and could not put the patient there. There were five others already with compromised immunity,” the doctor added.
Similar tales emanate from level three hospitals, where patients show acute respiratory infection symptoms die and get recorded as pneumonia.
Level three hospitals deal with more than 50 per cent of outpatient cases.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe is yet to respond to the concerns raised on how the ministry tracks deaths including those at the non-coronavirus centres.