The Government of Kenya has announced rapid steps to curb the Coronavirus spread through mandatory screening and quarantine.
In his latest update, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe told members of the press that the state has embarked on a serious exercise of having travellers sign a legal document for compliance.
All travellers suspected to be affected by the virus will be put under a compulsory quarantine without requiring their consent.
This comes just hours after a group of suspected patients quarantined at the Infectious Diseases Unit in Kenyatta National Hospital threatened to storm out of the hospital.
This is after the patients complained that the test results had taken so long since they were contained in the facility.
CS Mutahi Kagwe: One way to bring down the cost of sanitisers is by buying soap & washing your hands. The demand of sanitisers will go down…We are asking Ministry of Water to understand in cases where bills have not been paid…to open those taps, we will deal with bills later pic.twitter.com/jZw3tDpSjG
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) March 17, 2020
Among the other things the rioting patients complained of was what they termed unhygienic conditions at the hospital.
Also, a section of the suspected patients claimed that the health officers at the institution were treating them as victims of the virus already.
The patients are said to have mingled freely with medical officers at the facility during the protest which was quelled by police officers.