The government has launched a special designated isolation and treatment facility for the healthcare workers at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi as the healthcare workers cases rise to 281.

The facility, set up by the Ministry of Health and private health organisations – the Rockefeller Foundation and Amref, will be used to offer treatment to health workers who are on the frontline in the war against coronavirus.

“This facility will be able to offer both critical and basic care services for the workers. All costs incurred shall be met by the government,” Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced on Monday during the daily briefing.

The Health CS said 4,759 complete personal protection equipment (PPE) kits and 237,047 assorted components including gowns, rubber boots and shoe covers have been distributed for use by health workers.

To enhance the management of the pandemic, the government has also announced training of 30,000 healthcare workers, with a target of to re-sensitise 100,000 more in the coming weeks.

CS Kagwe said boost community-based surveillance and screening, 1,000 police – especially those manning roadblocks, 1,000 National Youth Service (NYS) officers, 300 prison officers, and 53,000 community health volunteers have also undergone training  conducted by Red Cross, Amref and the Health ministry through an online-based module.