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Principal Secretary National Treasury Julius Muia says the facility will be used to monitor Kenyan students if airlifted from Wuhan, where the virus continues to spread/FILE

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Health Ministry seeking Sh1.8bn for coronavirus centre

Principal Secretary National Treasury Julius Muia says the facility will be used to monitor Kenyan students if airlifted from Wuhan, where the virus continues to spread/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20-The Ministry of Health is seeking
Sh1.8billion from the National Treasury to set up a coronavirus quarantine facility in Kenya.

Principal Secretary National Treasury Julius Muia says the facility will be
used to monitor Kenyan students if airlifted from Wuhan, where the virus
continues to spread.

“ This has come up an as an emergency we had not budgeted for, and this
includes the possibility of airlifting our students from China and once they
are here we will then build a hospital in Mbagathi before they come so that we keep them away for 14 days,” said Muia.

Muia was speaking before the Parliament`s National Planning and Finance
Committee on Thursday.

If constructed, it will act as an isolation facility, as the country already
set up a laboratory at the Kenyatta National Hospital that will be used to test suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

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Previously, samples drawn from patients were flown to South Africa for the
necessary tests.This means that any visitor coming into the country from China will have to undergo screening to rule out any possibility of carrying the deadly disease.

Earlier, the Government Spokesman Retired Colonel Cryus Oguna ruled out a possibility of evacuating students stick in China, amid calls for urgent measures by the families of about 100 Kenyans in the epicenter of Coronavirus which has so far killed more than 2,000 people.

At least Sh1.3 billion has been sent for the trapped scholars to purchase supplies, topping up to the additional  Sh506,800 provided by the Chinese government through the Kenyan embassy.

Muia further said the government is currently reviewing the impact of the deadly disease on the country’s economy that has been projected at 6.1 percent in 2020.

“We have a committee that us being chaired by the head of public service
that we are looking at the implications of the disease, but we will remain
focused on what implications this has,” he adds.

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