NMS announces free COVID-19 mass testing for Nairobians this coming weekend

A health worker taking a sample for COVID-19 test./FILE

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), has announced a two day free COVID-19 mass testing for Nairobi residents between Saturday 17th October and Sunday 18th October.

NMS says the move is to help in preparedness in case of a second wave of coronavirus infections.

“Nairobi Metropolitan Services will be conducting mass Covid-19 testing across all sub-counties on October 17 and 18, 2020. See posters to confirm your venue,” an alert from the Major General Mohammed Badi-led office said.

According to the NMS communication, Mukuru Health Centre will serve as testing venue for Embakasi South sub-county residents, High Ridge Primary School and Kihumbuini Grounds for Westlands residents, Huruma Lions Health Centre for Mathare residents, Ngei Primary School for Langata and Kibra DO’s office for Kibra residents.

Nairobi South Health Centre and Plainview in South B will be the venue for mass testing in Starehe Constituency while Dagoretti North residents will be tested at Muslim Chief’s office on Saturday and Kilimani Primary School on Sunday. Kayole 2 Health Centre will host Embakasi Central residents.

For Ruaraka sub-county, Mathare North Health Centre will be the mass testing venue, Mutuini Hospital for Dagoretti South people, Nairobi Pentecostal Glory Church for Embakasi East residents, Umoja 1 Health Centre for Embakasi West while those from Makadara will converge at Star of Hope Primary School on Saturday and Rabai Road Primary School on Sunday.

Kasarani Health Centre will be the mass testing ground for Kasarani residents while people from Kamukunji will be tested in Zawadi Primary School on Saturday and Eastleigh Health Centre on Sunday.

Embakasi North residents will be tested at Dandora 1 Health Centre while Githurai Primary School is where Roysambu residents can go to know their COVID-19 status.

Nairobi and Mombasa counties have been the hardest hit by the virus that was first reported in Kenya in March.

The new development comes amid a spike in the number of reported COVID-19 cases following the partial reopening of the economy and relaxation of containment measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The curve had seemed to be flattening, with only 1,036 positive cases reported between September 22 and 27, but the trend has since changed, with more than 300 positive cases being recorded.