Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital (KUTRH) is in the process of establishing 30 new ICU beds following an upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
Hospital Board Chair Prof Olive Mugenda says the 32 ICU beds at the hospital are currently full with Covid-19 patients attributing the demand for ICU beds to the third wave that hit the country this month.
Speaking after inspecting the infrastructural preparedness of Gatundu Level 5 hospital that the facility will soon take over its management, Mugenda said the new 30 beds will be available in the next three days.
“In the next three days, we will have 30 new ICU beds to help the many Covid-19 patients who have been visiting the facility. We don’t want needy cases to be sent away due to lack of admissions. As of now, all the 32 ICU beds that the hospital has are full and we are not admitting anyone in the ICU,” she said.
Through the agreement, KUTRH will manage the Gatundu Level Five, improve its infrastructure, and medical personnel, and its patients will be referred to KUTRH for specialized treatment when need arises.
“Gatundu Level 5 will be an annex of KUTRH. We shall strive to improve its infrastructure to meet the required standards. Already, we have deployed 11 nurses and seven doctors at the facility. We shall also collaborate in capacity building of the staff as well as in areas of research,” said Prof. Mugenda.
Mugenda was accompanied by Kiambu Governor James Nyoro and other health officials from the county. On the County’s Covid-19 preparedness, Nyoro said only a handful out of the 1,000 isolation beds available within Kiambu are occupied.
He cited the County’s Covid-19 isolation center in Tigoni in Limuru Sub County saying out of the over 100 isolation beds, only 40 are occupied out of which 30 patients are on oxygen.
“Procuring and piping bulk oxygen to our Covid-19 facilities has helped many patients recover and they have a testimony to it,” said Nyoro.