REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Mercy Mwangangi addressing a press conference on update of coronavirus at Afya House today and confirmed that 59 people tested positive making a total of 4797 cases in the Country.

The Ministry of Health has adopted a community centered  approach to address the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said the Ministry, in collaboration with the county Governments, are working very closely with various community based groups which include, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, to continue educating the public on how to stamp the spread of the virus.

This approach has ensured that correct information reaches households to demystify myths and misconceptions on Covid-19, and achieve behavior change that is necessary in flattening the infection curve, she said.

 

The strategy has been complemented by over 59,000 trained Community Health Volunteers, who have been deployed in all the 47 counties, and have so far been able to reach over 12 million households.

“Our renewed focus is now to strengthen community engagement structures in the Counties. This is absolutely critical, particularly, now that we are talking of community spread of the virus,” she added.

Two weeks ago the Ministry of Health launched the Home-based Isolation and Care Protocols, in line with WHO guidelines and International best practices, following the increase of positive cases, that threatened to overburden our healthcare systems.

 

Counties such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Busia and Kajiado, are currently, experiencing an upsurge of infections, with majority being asymptomatic.  “It was only practical to roll out this home-based program,” she emphasized and added that the success of this program, requires active participation of all Kenyans including patients and caregivers at home, and health care providers in formal health facilities.

She also pointed out that other community structures, such as community health committees, Nyumba Kumi initiatives, estates management committees, and local administration, have a role to play in mitigating community transmission.

The CAS also acknowledged that the country is still experiencing a huge pile up of trucks at the borders, particularly in Busia, caused by drivers who are flouting our guidelines.  “As we have stated before, truck drivers must take a COVID-19 test, at least 48 hours before they commence their journey. This is to allow those who test negative to have seamless movement across the border,’ she said, and appealed to all truck drivers and truck owners to cooperate for free and smooth movement at the borders.

 

Meanwhile, the CAS announced that the country has recorded 59 new positive cases, from 2,354 samples, tested in the last 24 hours.  This brings to 4,797 positive cases in the country, and the total number of samples so far tested, is 142,366.   All the 59 positive cases are Kenyans, with 47 being males and 12 females.  The youngest case is 7 years old, while the oldest is 67.

 

The new cases are from Nairobi, 28, Mombasa, 21, Kilifi, 3, Kiambu, 2, Machakos, 2, Kisii, Bungoma and Uasin Gishu, have one case each.  In Nairobi, the cases are from Dagoretti North, 7, Kibra, 5, Embakasi East, 4, Embakasi North, 3, Westlands, 3, Embakasi West, 2, Embakasi Central, 2, Roysambu and Makadara, have one case each.

 

In Mombasa, the 21 cases are in Kisauni, 8, Likoni, 5, Mvita, 3, Nyali, 2, Changamwe, 2, Jomvu one and in Kilifi, the three cases are from Kaloleni, Kilifi North and Kilifi South, one case each. In Kiambu, the two cases are from Kiambaa and Thika one case each.  Machakos, has one case in Athi River, Kisii, one case in Bobasi, Bungoma, one case in Webuye, and Uasin Gishu, one case Turbo.

 

Today, Dr. Mwangangi, also announced that 73 patients have been discharged from our various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,680. “Unfortunately, once again, we have lost two other patients from the disease, bringing our total fatality to 125,” she noted.

 

The acting Director General of Health, Patrick Amoth disclosed that there is much progress in counties in terms of putting up isolation facilities. By today morning 40 counties had given a report on the progress, he said.

“It is not only the physical structure that is needed but also human capital  and  training of health care workers on health management and, rapid response teams,’ he noted

He also disclosed that the government is working on translation of the home based care protocols and guidelines into the local language languages and called for personal responsibility for persons under home based care. He also elaborated that there are cases of patients testing positive even after testing negative.

 

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Mercy Mwangangi addressing a press conference on update of coronavirus at Afya House today and confirmed that 59 people tested positive making a total of 4797 cases in the Country.