Covid-19: Kin of discharged patients to be monitored

Mr Stephen Haggai Opuka in his isolation ward at Kenyatta National Hospital infectious disease unit on April 17, 2020. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Jitenge is an at-home Covid-19 short code and text message-based system created for the purpose of monitoring household contacts, the patient and those discharged.
  • Healthcare workers in charge of isolation homes, apartments or institutions will file weekly reports on the progress of the released patients and their kin.
  • These reports should be uploaded to the system so that they are accessible to the county and national rapid response teams “for any further oversight and action”.

Close family members of discharged Covid-19 asymptomatic patients will be monitored for 14 days, the Ministry of Health has said.

This is one of the guidelines on home-based isolation and care programme launched on Wednesday.

Household contacts will fill in the symptom monitoring schedule for the period a patient will be on home-based isolation and care.

They will state Covid-19 -related symptoms and temperature for the 14 days.

The symptoms include coughing, difficulty in breathing, fever, sore throat, general body fatigue, headache and sneezing.

The data collection tool is a component of the ministry’s “Jitenge” monitoring system.