Pumwani Maternity Hospital closed to new patients as fumigation begins

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Pumwani Maternity Hospital closed to new patients as fumigation begins following the number of nurses who tested positive to COVID 19.

The nurses’ union also opposed the move by the hospital administration to ask for individual contributions in support of the isolated healthcare workers.

This coming two days after 41 healthcare workers at the hospital tested positive for COVID-19 and went into isolation, a majority through the home-based care while others isolated at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

In a memo signed by the facility’s administrator, Nelly Induli, all members of staff have been asked to offer their various contributions.

“We kindly request for your support in cash and kind towards our fellow colleagues who have tested positive of COVID-19. Kindly send in your support through your unit in/charges,” read the memo.

The memo has rattled officials of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Nairobi chapter Chairperson Boaz Onchari who questioned the move.

“It is shocking that they are telling us to contribute for our colleagues in isolation yet there is a kitty for health workers welfare who actually fall victim in the line of duty,” said Mr. Onchari.

The hospital began conducting fumigation on Thursday afternoon two days since the cases were reported.