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A Top Kenyan Doctor Goes On Self Quarantine After Showing COVID-19 Symptoms

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Dr. Ahmed Kalebi in self-isolation.

As Coronavirus reality grips the nation and the government working around the clock to trace contacts of the confirmed cases in the bid to cut off further spread, there’s yet another looming crisis.

Safety of the healthcare workers who’re the first in line and most at risk being the ones handling the patients and having the close contacts. COVID-19 is proving tough given it’s high contagious element, healthcare workers must take extra precautions. We’ve seen in many other countries where doctors handling the patients have fell victims and some even succumbed.

Extra precautions must therefore be taken. At Mbagathi hospital where the government has set up the special Coronavirus treatment plant, things aren’t rosy as demonstrated by health workers who staged a slow down accusing the government of not only training them in how to handle the cases but also saying they lacked proper protection gears. Government in announcement said all the demands had been met.

Elsewhere, Dr. Ahmed Kalebi, a leading pathologist and the CEO of Lancet group of Labs has been forced to self quarantine after developing Coronavirus symptoms. “I’ve gone into self-isolation after developing body-aches, fever & chills, headache & cough since last night. Got samples taken for #COVID19 testing cause of recent air travels to🇷🇼 & within🇰🇪. I’ll remain in #selfquarantine until my symptoms resolve &/ lab result all clear.” He announced on Twitter.

Dr. Lukoye Atwoli has also gone into self quarantine as he revealed in a response to Dr.Ahmed’s post, “Pole sana my classmate DrAhmedKalebi. Do get well soon. I’m also in self-quarantine for similar reasons.” He wrote.

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With no known vaccine and treatment yet, those who exhibit Coronavirus symptoms are encouraged to self quarantine in a measure to curb the further spread of the virus. Kenya has tested 111 people, four have turned out positive, 22 are isolated and under watch, 23 who tested negative have been released and to self quarantine at home.

Meanwhile, the government is mulling over a possible total lockdown should the situation escalate. For now the public is advised to stay at home, maintain hygiene by washing hands constantly, not touching their faces, and social distancing.


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