According to the doctors’ union, Kenya has run out of ICU beds as the country struggles with an increase in Covid-19 cases.
Healthcare staff were among those admitted to various hospitals across the region, according to a statement issued by the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU).
Several doctors have taken to social media to share their stories, detailing heartbreaking scenes in hospitals around the world.
Kenya’s Director General of Health, Patrick Amoth, said at a press conference on Tuesday that a national study had discovered the existence of coronavirus variants first discovered in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
“The majority of [cases] of the South African variant have been picked up along our border with Tanzania, especially in people who have a history of travel from Tanzania,” Dr Amoth said.
According to a recent survey, Kenya has approximately 537 intensive care units (ICUs) and just under 300 ventilators.
There have been 122,000 Covid-19 cases and 2,000 deaths recorded in the world.