Woman discharged from Mbagathi returns to hospital

Tuesday March 24 2020
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An isolation room at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi. A woman who was among the people put on isolation at the hospital over coronavirus fears has returned to the facility 24 hours after she was discharged. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By PAUL LETIWA

A woman who was among the people put on isolation at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi over coronavirus fears has returned to the facility 24 hours after she was discharged.

Speaking to the Nation by phone, the 23-year-old woman said that she started experiencing a sore throat, dry cough, running nose and a headache on Monday night.

"My test showed I was negative. But I started feeling symptoms of the normal flu last night. I decided to go back as advised by doctors," she said.

She was readmitted to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon at a time when Kenya confirmed its fourth coronavirus case.

NO FOLLOW-UP

The woman said that since she was discharged from hospital, there was no follow-up on her condition by health officials.

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She said she returned to the hospital using public means.

"No one reached out to me. I even tried to call the hotline numbers they provided but all were busy. I decided to take public means. I am currently in the isolation ward," she said on the phone.

Ongata Rongai, where the first coronavirus case was reported, is a town in Kajiado County with a population of about of 172,569 people, according to the 2019 population census.

According to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, the latest case was reported at a private hospital and involves a patient who travelled from London, arriving in Kenya on March 9. Efforts to trace those who may have come into contact with the patient are ongoing, he said.

Of the 111 cases tested since the virus outbreak, 71 have tested negative while 36 others are still under observation.