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53 year old patient goes missing at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) while awaiting admission.

The Kenyatta National Hospital has on Wednesday July 22 issued a statement on the mysterious disappearance of a patient from the facility.

According to the referral hospital the patient was brought in by family members but was reported missing while waiting to be processed for admission at the health facility.

“We regret to report an incident that occurred on July 20, 2020, at our main facility where a patient was noted missing during the process of his admission. The 53-year-old male patient was brought to the hospital by his family and upon review by our emergency care team, was recommended for admission,” the statement read in part.

The family had been forced to leave the patient under the care of the hospital to return home in order to beat the 9pm-4am curfew that has been imposed by government as a Covid-19 containment measure.

From the hospital’s preliminary investigations, the patient left the Accident and Emergency area while awaiting transfer to the ward.

The hospital (KNH) states that they immediately contacted the family to inform them of the incident upon realization that the patient was missing from the facility.

The hospital went ahead to report the matter to the police who are now working with KNH to find the missing patient.

“Investigations are ongoing to establish the whereabouts of the patient and upon establishment of the facts with KNH management promising to take appropriate action”, the statement signed by KNH CEO Dr Evanson Kamuri stated.

Back in April, 50 people were reported to have escaped from the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Nairobi where they in quarantine.