Nairobi to Undergo COVID-19 Mass Testing

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe alongside CASs Mercy Mwangangi and Rashid Aman during a COVID-19 press briefing. /KENYANS.CO.KE

Nairobi County will undergo a second COVID-19 mass testing programme that will cover all sub counties in the capital.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services through a statement on their official Twitter account announced that the mass testing will be carried out on the weekend of Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18.

The team led by Major General Mohammed Badi also revealed the venues where one is expected to volunteer to undertake the COVID-19 test.

A child being tested for COVID-19 in Nairobi in May 2020. /FILE

The NMS highlighted Lang’ata, Mathare, Embakasi South, Starehe, Kasarani, Roysambu, Makadara, Ruaraka, Dagoretti South, Embakasi East, Embakasi Central, Dagoretti North, Embakasi West and Westlands as the target areas.

“Nairobi Metropolitan Services, NMS will be conducting mass COVID-19 tests across all sub counties on October 17 and October 18. See posters updated to confirm your venue. Remember to wash your hands, sanitize, observe social distance and all COVID-19 Regulations,” read NMS’s tweet.

The second wave of mass testing comes amid concerns that Nairobi and Mombasa counties, the biggest hotspots for COVID-19 in the country, could be staring at the possibility of a second wave as the Ministry of Health records a resurgence in high numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

According to Aga Khan University Hospital in Parklands, which is one of the capital’s private COVID-19 centres, Nairobi and Mombasa are currently witnessing a second wave due to the spike in cases reported.

“The second wave is happening and it will have a higher mortality rate because people have let their guard down,” Dr Majid Twahir, the Chief of Staff at Aga Khan University Hospital revealed.

The hospital added that there is an increased number of infections linked to virus spread in communities in Nairobi.

“This is to inform all colleagues that we have noted an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country over the last few days,” the hospital said in a statement.

In May, the NMS conducted a similar program that targeted Nairobi residents living in the informal settlements across the city.

The 11-day mass testing that was aimed at mapping out hotspots in Nairobi, ended on May 31.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services Major General Mohammed Badi. /FILE
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