REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Government announce more COVID-19 cases Nairobi, July 15, 2020

Kenya has recorded 461 new cases of COVID-19 after testing 4,261 samples in the past 24 hours, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Rashid Aman announced today.

This now brings the country’s case load to 11,252 and  the cumulative tests to 225,495. Out of today’s cases 320 are males and 141 are females, while the youngest is a one year old infant and the oldest is 86, Dr. Aman said.

At the same time Dr. Rashid announced that 51 patients have been discharged from various hospitals bringing to 3,068 the number of recoveries from the disease in the country.  “Sadly, we have lost 7 patients to the disease bringing our fatality to 209,” he noted.

The highest number of the new cases are in Nairobi leading with 248 cases, Machakos 97, Kiambu 20, Kajiado 15, Migori 14, Busia 12, and Nakuru 11. Others are Laikipia and Nyeri  which, have 7 cases each, followed by Kilifi 6 cases, Lamu and Uasin Gishu have 4 cases each, Kakamega and Kisii have 3 cases each, while Kisumu, and Makueni have 2 cases each, and lastly Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Bomet have one case each.

The CAS lauded the critical role that the healthcare workers are playing in the fight against Coronavirus disease in the country and highlighted the need for infection prevention and control measures to minimize health workers, and patients exposure to COVID-19 in healthcare facilities.

 

“Health workers handling patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease, face an increased risk of exposure to the virus. Some have even been infected with the coronavirus in the cause of their duties,” he said and added that the government will continue to place extreme importance on protection of healthcare workers, by ensuring that they have the right protective gear, and if infected they receive proper care.

He also stressed the need to use the strategies and practices recommended in the National Guidelines and protocols for Infection Prevention and Control of Covid-19 spread and emphasized the role of County and Facility Infection Prevention, and Control Programs with dedicated and trained teams, supported by leadership at all levels.

“It has been noted that transmission of the disease among Health workers is associated with overcrowding, lack of established practices of infection control, and poor implementation of Infection prevention control guidelines and protocols,” he said.

Other factors include inadequate training in infection, prevention and control measures for both the frontline staff and support staff in health facilities.

“Lack of this knowledge, leaves them exposed to respiratory-borne infectious diseases, due to the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), while in other situations, it is the poor understanding of the virus,” he said.

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