The government has opened an Infectious Disease Unit (IDU) and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility at the new Kenyatta University Teaching , Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH).
Speaking at the facility on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mutahi Kagwe noted that initially the hospital had a bed capacity of 650. Out of these 150 for cancer and around 500 beds when COVID 19 striked in March.
Today we will have an additional 500 bed facility out of which 60 of the beds will be HDU/ ICU and today already installed 30 beds.
As opposed popular opinion that the health sector is overwhelmed , even the original 24 that we had put in place are not fully occupied so it is not true but it is better be ready in advance”, he said .
Kagwe explained that with the support of the government working together with the facility there are now having 60 additional HDU/ ICU beds and 440 isolation beds, bringing the total number of beds in this facility to 1150 beds out of which 150 are for cancer purposes and the rest committed to COVID 19.
“Oxygen is a very important part in the fight against COVID 19 and this facility has an oxygen plant that is piped to all clinical areas and is able to refill to other facilities within and without this institution.