State Begins Mandatory Screening, Quarantine

The Government of Kenya has announced rapid steps to curb the Coronavirus spread through mandatory screening and quarantine.

In his latest update, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe told members of the press that the state has embarked on a serious exercise of having travellers sign a legal document for compliance.

A tourist gets her temperature checked. PHOTO: Courtesy

All travellers suspected to be affected by the virus will be put under a compulsory quarantine without requiring their consent.

This comes just hours after a group of suspected patients quarantined at the Infectious Diseases Unit in Kenyatta National Hospital threatened to storm out of the hospital.

This is after the patients complained that the test results had taken so long since they were contained in the facility.

Among the other things the rioting patients complained of was what they termed unhygienic conditions at the hospital.

Also, a section of the suspected patients claimed that the health officers at the institution were treating them as victims of the virus already.

The patients are said to have mingled freely with medical officers at the facility during the protest which was quelled by police officers.

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