NAIROBI – Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has opened its first telemedicine technology centre for coronavirus detection, a first of its kind in Kenya.
Coronavirus (COVID-19), is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.
Speaking during the opening of the facility on Sunday, March 22, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the CT scan centre was the first of its kind in Africa and will help in detecting the virus in three to five minutes.
Besides the testing, Mr. Kaggwe said the facility will be a 24-hour service that will coordinate results from 37 counties.
“Through this technology, instead of sending a radiologist to every county, CT scans from those counties can just be interpreted from here,” said the CS.
The centre will also serve as a training facility for doctors who are at the frontline in the fight against the pandemic, he added.
CS Kagwe thanked the medics for their great efforts and further assured them of government’s support and protection as they continue to deal with the coronavirus crisis.
“The nurses, the doctors and clinical officers, I want to assure you that the government is going to ensure that you are protected and you are trained for protection,” he said.
This comes in the wake of increased fear after number of confirmed cases of infections hit seven in Kenya. The government has so far announced a raft of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives globally.