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Government assures of second Covid -19 Vaccination

The Ministry of Health has assured all Kenyans who got their first dose, that they will get their second dose at the expected time.

Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Mutahi Kagwe, said that the due date for the 2nd dose will be communicated via an SMS from the ‘Chanjo System’, 48 hours prior to the vaccination, thus no need to panic.

In a statement, yesterday, on the Covid-19 situation in the country, the CS urged all those in the targeted priority groups who received their first dose, to ensure they take their second dose, as this will give them full protection against Covid-19.

“Remember, the 1st dose only gives you partial protection while 2nd doses give you full protection”, Kagwe said, noting that as of yesterday, a total of 1,030,445 vaccines had so far been administered across the Country.

Of these, he explained, a total 1st doses are 979,955 while total 2nd doses are 50,490.

“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first one is at 5.15 per cent with the majority being males at 57 per cent while females are at 43 per cent,” he said, adding that the proportion of adults fully vaccinated is less than one (1) per cent.

The uptake of the second dose by occupation is that; Health Workers 18,230, Others 12,194, Aged 58 years and above 12,174, Teachers 4,789 while Security Officers 3,103.

Meanwhile, the CS has confirmed that 589 people tested positive yesterday for the Corona Virus disease, from a sample size of 4,995 tested in the last 24 hours.

“The positivity rate is now 11.8 per cent and Total confirmed positive cases are now 173,661 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,845,884”, he said.

From the cases, yesterday, 580 are Kenyans while 9 are foreigners, 343 are males and 246 females, the youngest is a five-month-old baby while the oldest is 101 years old.

In terms of County distribution, Kisumu has again recorded the highest number with 100 cases, followed by Nairobi 91, Bungoma 60, Homa Bay 54, Siaya 49, Uasin Gishu 37, Busia 32, Nandi 24, Mombasa 17, Nakuru 17, Kakamega 12 while Nyeri and Migori recorded 11 cases each.

Vihiga County has recorded 9 cases, Kiambu 8, Bomet 7, Meru 7, Kericho 6, Kilifi 6, Kisii 5, Elgeyo Marakwet 5, Murang’a 4, Kajiado 3, West Pokot 2, Nyandarua 2, Samburu 1, Taita Taveta 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Turkana 1, Embu 1, Laikipia 1, Machakos 1, Narok 1, Nyamira 1 and Garissa 1.

In terms of Sub County distribution; In Kisumu, the 100 cases are from Kisumu Central (48), Kisumu East (19), Kisumu West (13), Nyando (8), Seme (6), Nyakach (4), Muhoroni (2).

In Nairobi, the 91 cases are from Starehe (13), Kasarani (9), Ruaraka (8), Roysambu and Kibra (7) cases each, Embakasi Central, Embakasi South, Langata, Mathare and Westlands (5) cases each, Embakasi West and Makadara (4) cases each, Dagoretti North, Embakasi East, Embakasi North and Kamukunji (3) cases each, Dagoretti South (2).

In Bungoma, the 60 cases are from Kanduyi (50), Cheptais (3), Mt. Elgon and Sirisia (2) cases each, Bumula, Tongaren and Webuye West (1) case each. In Homa Bay the 54 cases are from Homa Bay Town (30), Ndhiwa and Suba North (5) cases each, Rachuonyo South and Rangwe (4) cases each, Karachuonyo (3), Kabondo Kasipul (2) Mbita (1).

In Siaya, the 49 cases are from Rarieda (26), Alego-Usonga (15), Ugunja (3), Bondo and Ugenya (2) cases each, Gem (1). In Uasin Gishu the 37 cases are from Turbo (16), Ainabkoi (10), Kapseret (6), Kesses (3), Moiben and Soy (1) case each. In Busia the 32 cases are from Matayos (17), Teso South (8), Teso North (5), Bunyala and Butula (1) case each.

In Nandi the 24 cases are from Emgwen (23), Tinderet (1). In Mombasa the 17 cases are from Mvita (7), Kisauni (4), Jomvu (3), Changamwe (2), Nyali (1).

In Nakuru, the 17 cases are from Naivasha (10), Nakuru East (4), Nakuru West (2), Rongai (1). In Kakamega the 12 cases are from Lurambi (3), Malava and Shinyalu (2) cases each, Khwisero, Likuyani, Matungu, Mumias East and Mumias West (1) case each.

In Nyeri, the 11 cases are from Nyeri Central (9), Kieni West and Mathira West (1) case each. In Migori the 11 cases are from Rongo (4), Awendo (3), Suna East (2), Kuria West and Suna West (1) case each. In Vihiga the 9 cases are from Vihiga (6), Emuhaya (2), Hamisi (1). In Kiambu the 8 cases are from Kabete and Thika (3) cases each, Ruiru (2).

In Bomet, the 7 cases are from Bomet Central and Konoin (2) cases each, Bomet East, Chepalungu and Sotik (1) case each.

In Meru, the 7 cases are from Imenti North (3), Imenti Central (2), Buuri and Tigania East (1) case each. In Kericho the 6 cases are from Kipkelion East (3), Ainamoi (2), Belgut (1).

In Kilifi, all the 6 cases are from Malindi. In Kisii all the 5 cases are from Kitutu Chache South.

In Elgeyo Marakwet, the 5 cases are from Keiyo North and Marakwet West (2) cases each, Keiyo South (1).

In Murang’a, the 4 cases are from Murang’a South (3) and Kigumo (1). In Kajiado the 3 cases are from Kajiado East (2), Loitokitok (1).

In West Pokot, the 2 cases are from West Pokot while in Nyandarua the 2 cases are from Oljoroorok and Olkalou (1) case each.

The case in Samburu is from Samburu Central, the case in Taita Taveta is from Taveta, the case in Trans Nzoia is from Cherangany, the case in Turkana is from Turkana Central, the case in Embu is from Manyatta, the case in Laikipia is from Laikipia West, the case in Machakos is from Kalama, the case in Narok is from Narok North, the case in Nyamira is from Borabu and the case in Garissa is from Garissa Town.

Distribution of positive cases by age is as follows; 0-9 years (37), 10-19 years (31), 20-29 years (95), 30-39 (146), 40-49 (108), 50-59 (62), 60 years and above (110).

CS Kagwe confirmed that 312 patients have recovered from the disease, 184 from the Home Based and Isolation Care program while 128 are from various health facilities countrywide, bringing the total recoveries now to 118,933 of whom 86,338 are from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 32,595 are from various health facilities countrywide.

“Sadly, 19 people have been reported to succumb to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting Facility Record Audits on diverse dates in the month of April and May and this now pushes the cumulative fatalities to 3,345”, Kagwe noted.

New deaths by age; 0-9 years (0), 10-19 years (0), 20-29 (0), 30-39 years (4), 40-49 years (1), 50-59 years (5), 60 years and above (9).

Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (55), 10-19 years (23), 20- 29 (110), 30-39 years (273), 40-49 years (412), 50-59 years (692), 60 years and above (1,780).

Currently, the CS said that a total of 994 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,049 patients are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

He added that 114 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 29 of whom are on ventilatory support and 65 on supplemental oxygen. 20 patients are under observation.

Another 93 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 86 of them in general wards and 7 in High Dependency Units (HDU).

By Wangari Ndirangu

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