Covid 19 Update by Kenya Ministry of Health

“The number of those seeking hospitalization in our public and private facilities as a result of complications associated with the Coronavirus disease has in the recent weeks shot up. This is evident by the statistics we have been sharing with you in the last two weeks which clearly indicates we are right in the middle of a strong third wave. And as the Cabinet Secretary has already warned, it has come with a vengeance. This means we are experiencing more cases of infections that are widespread among our communities.

Fellow Kenyans,

Arising from this situation, services in our health facilities are over stretched but, may I say, not quite overrun. All our medical teams and health facilities have been adviced to be on high alert and care for our people who need any medical attention. At this juncture I want to thank majority of our healthcare workers who are doing a fantastic job during this period.

However, the Ministry of Health is greatly pertubed by reports appearing in sections of the media that private hospitals are demanding huge sums of money from ailing Kenyans in need of critical care before they can admit them to their ICU and HDU facilities. This is not only unethical and callous but unacceptable!

I wish to remind our healthcare providers, both private and public that we are in a pandemic, and this being the case, it is not the time to punish our people through some self seeking money minting oportunistic escapades. Our people have already gone through difficult times with this virus. We cannot add more injury to them.

It is better to save lives than carry the curse of millions of shillings made at the altar of sacrifising our peoples‘ health. Of what pleasure does such a venture achieve? I want to make a passionate appeal to all our health facilities to soul search on this issue and know that history will judge them harshly for the wrong choices they make during this pandemic.

Fellow Kenyans,

The responsibility of medical facilities and health care workers is to save lives. It is not to profiteer from ailing and poor Kenyans. This mentality of putting money ahead of our peoples lives must stop. That is where other countries like India beat us

I am alive to the fact that there are overheads that must be met by these facilities. But that cannot be explained by the huge sums of money which all of a sudden have began to be demanded before admission, and particularly during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fellow Kenyans,

The rising numbers of Covid-19 cases have also seen a high demand of oxygen by patients in our facilities. Majority of our County referral hospitals are building their own oxygen generating plants thanks to support from our development partners. We realise that this is a tremendous amount of work for which we are grateful.

The investments in the oxygen generating plants across the country must pay off during this time of high oxygen demand in the facilities. Of great importance is that these plants must be functional at all times and use their capacity to the fullest so that they can support other health facilities close and far that are in need of this commodity. We urge the Counties to prioritize expenditure on the maintenance and upkeep of these plants so that they remain functional and support our Covid19 response. County Governments are advised to ensure their oxygen plants are working and in good shape to forestall any adverse eventualities.

We also need to ensure that we put to best use the cylinders for oxygen storage and distribution during this period. Empty idle cylinders in one location can mean loss of life in another location. Those facilities that are holding or may be even hoarding gas cylinders are strongly advised to surrender them immediately to points of refill and redistribution. They must be availed to the manufacturers to ensure a steady supply line of the commodity.

But even as we plan for oxygen capacity enhancement in our facilities, people need to ensure they avoid any activities that might expose them to the virus. Let us not have to experiment with our oxygen capacity when we can avoid it.

Please ensure you strictly adhere to the containment measures we have advised. Wash  your hands with soap and water, wear face masks at all times when in public places, maintain social and physical distance and avoid all forms of gathering be they social or political.

Turning to our Covid-19 situation in the country, today 1,127 people have tested positive to the disease, out of a sample size of 5,393 tested in the last 24 hours. Our positivity rate is at 22.1%. From the cases 1,089 are Kenyans while 38 are foreigners.

590 are males and 537 are females. The youngest is an eight-month-old infant while the oldest is 97.

Total confirmed positive cases are now 123,167 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,425,377.

In terms of County distribution; Nairobi 575, Nakuru 99, Kiambu 92, Machakos 66, Kisumu 47, Uasin Gishu 45, Nyeri 32, Mombasa 25, Kirinyaga 18, Nyandarua 14, Kitui 14, Kajiado 12, Turkana 11, Taita Taveta 10, Kericho 10, Meru 9, Kilifi 9, Kakamega 7, Trans Nzoia 7, Nandi 6, Siaya 4, Murang’a 3, Elgeyo Marakwet 2, Homa Bay 2, West Pokot 2, Embu 1, Garissa 1, Laikipia 1, Kwale 1, Vihiga 1 and Busia 1.

In terms of Sub County distribution; the 575 cases in Nairobi are from Westlands (78), Kibra (71), Starehe (63), Embakasi Central (38), Dagoretti North (36), Mathare (35), Lang’ata (34), Kasarani (33), Kamukunji (26), Ruaraka (25), Makadara (24), Embakasi East (23), Roysambu (22), Dagoretti South and Embakasi West (19) cases each, Embakasi South (16) and Embakasi North (13).

In Nakuru the 99 cases are from Nakuru East (28), Naivasha (23), Nakuru West (22), Nakuru North (17), Molo (8) and Njoro (1).

In Kiambu the 92 cases are from Thika (41), Kiambu Town (12), Kiambaa and Ruiru (8) cases each, Juja (7), Kikuyu (6), Kabete and Lari (4) cases each, Limuru (2). In Machakos the 66 cases are from Machakos Town (22), Kalama (15), Athi River (14), Kathiani and Matungulu (6) cases each, Mwala (2) and Masinga (1).

In Kisumu the 47 cases are from Kisumu Central (43), Kisumu East and Kisumu West (2) cases each. In Uasin Gishu the 45 cases are from Ainabkoi (18), Turbo (12), Kapseret (7), Kesses (4), Moiben and Soy (2) cases each. In Nyeri the 32 cases are from Nyeri Central (25), Mukurweini (4), Nyeri South (2) and Tetu (1).

In Mombasa the 25 cases are from Mvita (11), Nyali (4), Jomvu and Likoni (3) cases each, Changamwe and Kisauni (2) cases each. In Kirinyaga the 18 cases are from Kirinyaga Central (10), Kirinyaga East (3), Kirinyaga South and Kirinyaga West (2) cases each, Mwea West (1).

In Nyandarua the 14 cases are from Ol Kalou (7), Ndaragwa (4), Oljoroorok (2) and Kinangop (1). In Kitui the 14 cases are from Kitui Central (8), Mwingi Central (6). In Kajiado the 12 cases are from Kajiado East and Kajiado North (6) cases each.

In Turkana, the 11 cases are all from Turkana West. In Taita Taveta all the 10 cases are from Voi. In Kericho all the 10 cases are from Ainamoi. In Meru the 9 cases are from Imenti North (4), Buuri (3) and Imenti Central (2).

In Kilifi the 9 cases are from Magarini (4), Kaloleni and Malindi (2) cases each, Kilifi North (1). In Kakamega the 7 cases are from Lurambi (4), Likuyani, Lugari and Malava (1) case each. In Trans Nzoia the 7 cases are from Kwanza and Saboti (3) cases each, Kiminini (1).

In Nandi the 6 cases are from Chesumei, Emgwen and Nandi Hills (2) cases each. In Siaya the 4 cases are from Alego usonga, Bondo, Gem and Ugunja (1) case each. In Murang’a the 3 cases are from Kandara (2) and Gatanga (1). In Elgeyo Marakwet the 2 cases are all from Keiyo North.

In Homa Bay the 2 cases are all from Homa Bay Town while in West Pokot the 2 cases are from West Pokot. The case in Embu is from Manyatta, the case in Garissa is from Garissa Town, the case in Laikipia is from Laikipia East, the case in Kwale is from Msambweni, the case in Vihiga is from Vihiga and the case in Busia is from Matayos.

On a positive note, today 210 patients have recovered from the disease, 110 are from the Home Based and Isolation Care while 100 are from various health facilities. Total recoveries now stand at 90,586. We thank our healthcare workers for the good job they are doing to save the lives of our people.

Sadly, 25 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. Out of these 3 have occurred in the last 24 hours while 22 are late death reports from facility record audits that occurred on diverse dates. This now pushes our cumulative fatalities to 2,048. Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones.

A total of 1,090 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 3,224 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.  135 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 34 of whom are on ventilatory support and 93 on supplemental oxygen. 8 patients are on observation.

Another 55 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 42 of them in the general wards and 13 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Thank you.

Sen Mutahi Kagwe, EGH

Cabinet Secretary.”

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