CS Health visits Kilifi to assess Covid-19 preparedness as first medic dies from the virus Kilifi, July 10, 2020

The Cabinet Secretary for Health (CS), Mutahi Kagwe today toured Kilifi County to assess the level of preparedness in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accompanied by area Governor, Amason Kingi, Health CAS, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, Ag. Director General and Patrick Amoth, the CS emphasized the need to upscale capacity to contain the ongoing community transmission.
Kilifi county is one of the 42 counties with reported cases of COVID-19. Nairobi leads with 5,187 people infected, followed by Mombasa 1,718, and Kilifi is number 10 with 17 infections and 45 discharges.
So far the county has recruited 138 health care workers under the UHC program to boost human resource capacity and 89 more are in the process of being recruited.
The CS disclosed that the Ministry of health has equipped the county referral hospital with renal, radiology & theatre equipments under the MES program to boost health outcome in the area.
He also visited KEMRI Wellcome, one of the accredited Covid-19  laboratories in Kilifi and disclosed that the ministry has approved over 25 testing laboratories, distributed across the country, which are playing an important role of detecting the virus.
He announced that today, 6,979 samples have been tested, out of which 473 people have tested positive for coronavirus. The cumulative number of tests conducted so far now stands at 206,584 and the total case load in the country is 9,448
Out of the 473 positive cases, 468 are Kenyans while 5 are foreigners, with 324 being males, and 149 females.  The youngest positive case is one year old child, while the oldest is 90.
“Today, we have discharged 76 patients from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,733,” he said and added  that 8 more patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the country’s fatality count to 181.
He revealed that for the first time the country has lost a medical doctor to coronavirus. The deceased passed on at Aga Khan Hospital where she had been admitted and sent his condolences go the family & friends of the deceased.
The new positive cases are distributed in Nairobi 316, Mombasa 43, Kiambu 25, Machakos 23, Busia 21, Kajiado 12, Migori 8, Uasin Gishu 5, Kisumu 4, Kilifi 3, Nakuru 3, Lamu 3, Taita Taveta 2, Marsabit 1, Kericho 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Turkana 1, Uasin Gishu 1 and Laikipia 1.
He also thanked the county of Kilifi for not only uplifting the level of readiness  but also mobilizing the people to embrace the containment measures.