Doctors and nurses at the Kakamega County General Teaching and Referral Hospital on Wednesday fled from the casualty ward after a patient with coronavirus-like symptoms was brought to the facility.
The health workers said they feared contracting the highly contagious coronavirus disease because they do not have protective gear.
“When I got to the hospital, there was a lot of panic after a patient was put in isolation for exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms. The nurses fled from the casualty ward because they do not have face masks and gloves. The patient has been left alone in the room,” Mr. Renson Bulunya, who is the Kenya National Union of Nurses official and Kakamega Branch secretary, said as reported by K24 Digital.
At about 12 pm, the hospital administrator ordered all the gates closed, with no new patients being admitted.
After the medical workers fled, Mr. Bulunya said that Red Cross ambulance personnel who did not have protective gear entered the casualty room and took the patient with them.
The patient is said to have been taken to an isolation room within the hospital.
Mr. Bulunya urged authorities to also have the two Red Cross Kenya personnel, who are attached to Kakamega County, also tested alongside the patient for the coronavirus disease.
The hospital has not yet provided hand sanitisers or hand-washing water at its gate.
On Monday, March 16, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said Kakamega County has set aside Sh110 million for containment of coronavirus disease.
The governor also closed down all the mortuaries in the county for a period of 30 days.