Mombasa closes its largest isolation centre


Technical University of Mombasa (Tum)  was launched as  an isolation centre by Governor Hassan Joho in April  to treat coronavirus patients at the Coast General Hospital. The facility which had a 300 beds capacity has been shut down to pave the way for the resumption of in-person learning.

Tum Vice-Chancellor Laila Abubakar said the more than 300 beds had already been removed from the engineering block as the institution reopens and fumigation is currently ongoing.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha’s announcement last week, final-year students at universities and tertiary institutions should resume on-campus learning this week.

Mombasa County Chief Health Officer Khadijah Shikely said they are creating more space for Covid-19 patients at the Coast General Hospital, Tudor Sub-county Hospital and Port Reitz Sub-county Hospital.

“We want to be prepared in case there is a second wave. There were only two patients remaining at the Tum centre, whom we relocated,” she said.

Dr Shikely further said the strain on health facilities had been eased as the bulk of infected people were on home-based care.