Suspected coronavirus patient at KNH tests negative, Health CS says


Suspected coronavirus patient at KNH tests negative, Health CS says
File Photo of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

The Kenyan student who was quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital has tested negative for the deadly coronavirus case.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki however urged members of the public to remain vigilant.

“I can confirm that results on suspected coronavirus case sent to South Africa for validation are NEGATIVE,” she said.

The Health CS further said anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, coughing, difficulty in breathing and sneezing with a history of recent travel to China should visit the nearest health facility.

To reduce risk of contracting the virus, she said it is important to maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene; ensure safe food practices and avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.

“The surveillance system remains on high alert at all points of entry & health facilities & screening is being conducted to all those from affected countries,” she added.

The Kenyan student was quarantined at the KNH on Tuesday upon arrival from Guangzhou.

Reports indicate that the passenger had been cleared to travel back home by China Port health authorities.

According to Kenya Airways, the decision to quarantine the passenger was reached by the Kenya Government port health authorities stationed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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