Senator Fatuma calls for the closure of Isiolo County Referral Hospital

Written By: Hunja Macharia

Isiolo County Senator Fatuma Dullo now wants the County Referral Hospital closed temporary to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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Dullo has also called for a mass testing of COVID-19 in the County to be sure about the rate of infection.

Speaking at the Hospital yesterday while following up on a case where medics at the facility have been accused of neglecting an asthmatic patient, Senator Dullo said that the situation in and around the Isiolo Referral Hospital requires urgent intervention in order to stem spread of the dreaded virus.

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The said patient has since tested positive for Covid-19, and is admitted at the County Covid 19 ICU and treatment center.

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Dullo noted that unless mass testing will help in identification of positive cases and ensure they are placed under quarantine.

She faulted the hospital administration for keeping the said patient in their ICU and treatment center despite it being dysfunctional.

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Amina Golicha, the victim’s wife said the 50 year old patient is asthmatic adding that his new COVID-19 status complicates the situation.

She said the patient is in dire need of specialized treatment which he is not receiving at the Isiolo Referral Hospital.

Dullo said that she has requested for an ICU Placement in a Hospital based in Meru County where the patient is expected to be referred later today.

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She urged the hospital administration to refer patients who require ICU treatment to other hospitals in good time instead of lying that they offer the same treatment.

The Senator called for a thorough probe into the manner in which funds given by the National Government to establish ICU Centers in the Counties were used.

She insists that Isiolo County remains ill prepared to handle serious COVID-19 cases.



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