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Aga Khan University Hospital to Conduct Free Covid-19 Tests for Inpatients

<div><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><img src="/nairobi/PublishingImages/free%20covid%2019%20test%20body%20image.jpg" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></span> </p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><strong>Photo Caption:</strong><em> Dr Chesimet Legson, a Senior House Officer at Aga Khan University Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department collects a swab sample from a patient for COVID-19 testing.</em>
</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUH,N) is now
conducting free Covid-19 testing for all our In-patients, Surgical and Day
Surgery patients as part of the safety measures to provide a safe environment
for all patients and staff.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">This will enable us determine the best approach to care for
our patients including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during
their stay in the Hospital hence enhance the safety of patients and caregivers.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Since the onset of
the pandemic, AKUH,N has remained in consultation with the Ministry of Health,
our medical staff and experts in our Infectious Diseases Department to ensure
that we have a safe environment of care for our patients, visitors and staff.
During this period, all our services have continued uninterrupted both at the
Main Hospital in Parklands and Outreach centres. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">As part of our safety measures, everyone visiting our
facilities (the Hospital and Outreach Centres) is screened on entry and their
temperature measured. All persons must wear mask and sanitise their hands
before entry into the facility. Other measures we have taken include:</span></p><ul><li><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Establishment of a disinfection team which is specially trained by our Infectious Diseases experts, to clean and disinfect the Hospital and clinics 24 hours, 7 days a week, </span></div></li><li><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Limiting the number of visitors to the wards to one (next of kin) for a maximum of 30 minutes. Should the visitor need to stay longer, an arrangement can be made in consultation with the respective ward Nurse Manager, </span></div></li><li><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Putting up additional waiting areas to ensure proper social distancing. Appropriate channels of communication have also been introduced to manage patient flow through their appointments,</span></div></li><li><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Creating a one-way path of travel in and out of the Hospital,  </span></div></li><li><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Establishment of telemedicine for patients who might benefit by reduced person-to-person contact or need just a follow-up. This service is augmented by mobile laboratory and pharmacy delivery services, with both services offered at no additional cost,   </span></div></li><li><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Installation of plexi glass in the patient registration areas,</span></div></li><li><div><span style="font-family: helvetica;">All staff have been issued with masks, digital thermometers and individualised portable hand sanitisers to ensure their safety at all times</span></div></li></ul><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Please check our website for additional
information or call our 24-hour hotline +254 (0)709 931 700 for personalised
consultation.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">We would like to thank our healthcare heroes – doctors,
nurses and support staff - who continue to go above and beyond their call of
duty to ensure that all our patients receive safe and quality care. We
recognise that we would not be successful without them.


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