Mombasa County government has allayed fears that the COVID-19 virus is a deadly disease and that it can be cured when the right prescriptions are adhered to.
Addressing journalists at the Coast referral hospital during an official launch of an isolation centre Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho urged Kenyans to change their lifestyles in a bid to combat the spread the deadly virus.
“May God protect us from the virus, so far we have not recorded any Coronavirus case in Mombasa. Do not think that once you contract the virus you will die,” noted Joho.
Joho was on a tour of the health facility to assess the level of preparedness against the Coronavirus.
He reiterated the county’s commitment in preventing the virus.
“We are working closely with the government to ensure that this disease does not spread,” he said.
Joho explained that the county is working on modality to convert two level 4 hospitals including Mvita and Tudor Sub-county hospitals into isolation centres.
The Mombasa governor urged the private sector to closely work with the county government in uplifting the levels of preparedness against the COVID-19 Virus in Mombasa.
“As a county we don’t expect the private hospitals to have the capacity to look after Covid-19 patients. We have talked to them and they are cooperating. ,” Joho said.
[Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho (back, Centre) during an inspection tour of the CGPH isolation centre. Photo/GPS].
The county release hotline numbers of 0734 881 233 0793 390 984 and 0777777242 to the public for any emergencies.
The Covid 19 isolation centre at Coast referral general hospital has a total of 24 personnel trained specifically to deal with patients incase of an outbreak.
“We can overcome the disease. There have been other pandemics before and we conquered them, he noted.
At the same time Coast region civil society organizations Chairperson Zedekia Adika insists that the government should prioritize on key areas such as airports, supermarkets and all other public places.
He also wants the government to conduct stiff awareness campaigns at the grassroots level in a bid to curb the virus.