Mombasa Bans Home-Based Care in Covid-19 Response 

  • The County Government of Mombasa has banned home-based care over fears of improperly set up Intensive Care Units (ICUs). 

    Mombasa County’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee on Tuesday, August 3, issued the new directive as part of measures to counter the rapid spread of Covid-19 disease. 

    According to data from the Ministry of Health, Mombasa County has recorded a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho receive President Uhuru Kenyatta during the biometric registration of the Universal Healthcare Coverage Programme (UHC) in Mombasa County on Saturday, October 30, 2020

    This has prompted the county’s response committee to intervene and come up with measures to curb the further spread of the disease.

    In addition, the county has also banned all public gatherings and in-person meetings just as did the Ministry of Health.

    Other directives issued by the county include all employees working from home except for critical services. The county has also banned all live performances in hotels and restaurants and moved to enforce the one-meter social distancing rule in all public facilities including supermarkets and bars.

    The county has also doubled its efforts to ensure as many residents as possible are vaccinated.

    The response committee was formed in order to assess the preparedness of the county in addressing the pandemic.

    Recently, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had warned Kenyans not to lessen their bid to fight against the virus pointing out that laxity in adhering to the set guidelines would eventually lead to an incline in the positivity rate.

    “If we do not take care of ourselves, then our hospital systems will be overwhelmed and at that point, there is nothing the doctors will be able to do,” he stated during a past press briefing. 

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe address the press in May 2021