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Nairobi County rising numbers in Covid 19 worrying , CAS says

The  government has today recorded 497 people who have tested positive from 4,992 samples tested in the last 24 hours,

This now brings the total number of cases in the country to 10,791 and also cumulative tests done so far in the country being at 221,234

Speaking  on Tuesday when giving a breakdown of the covid situation in the country, health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said out the cases 318 are males and 179 females whilethe youngest is a two year old child and the oldest is 89.

The distribution of the positive cases by counties is that Nairobi has 292 cases, followed by Kiambu 62, Machakos 30, Kajiado ,51, Machakos 30, Mombasa 28, Busia 10, Uasin Gishu 8, Nakuru 5, Makueni 3, Narok 2, Nyeri 2, Meru 2, while Kakamega, Kericho, Kilifi, Laikipia, and Nandi have one (1) case each

The distribution by sub counties also shows that Nairobis 292 cases are in Westlands (39), Langata (35), Dagoretti North (34), Embakasi East (30), Starehe (32), Kasarani (24), Embakasi West (21), Kamukunji (16), Roysambu (13), Mathare (12), Embakasi South (7), Dagoretti South (6), Makadara (4), Dagoretti Central (3), and Embakasi North (1)

The CAS noted that Nairobi is becoming a concern for the government because of the rising cases noting that capital city continues to lead with the number of infections.

“As of yesterday, Nairobi had 5,705 cases followed by Mombasa with 1,739, Busia comes in third with 550, and Kiambu, is at number four, with 520”, she said adding that Nairobi alone in the last three days has registered 518 cases.

“This is a very worrying trend. There is something wrong being done by the residents of Nairobi. Is it our bad behaviours, in that we are flouting all the guidelines? We need to soul search and act very quickly!”, Dr. Mwangangi said

The CAS has also noted that Kenyans have now resulted to stigmatizing those suspected and also those who happen to contract the disease by sharing pictures and even videos of COVID 19 patients on social media. This she said is not right and appealed to Kenyans particularly those profiling the patients to stop.

In Kiambu todays 62 cases are Kiambaa (13), Gatundu South (9), Ruiru (7), Thika (6), Githunguri, Lari, Limuru and Kiambaa have (4) cases each while Juja, Kabete, Kikuyu and Gatundu Central have (1) cases each.

In Kajiado, the 51 cases are in; Kajiado East (29), Kajiado Central (5), Kajiado North (11) and Loitokitok (3). In Machakos, the 30 cases are in; Athi River (29) and Machakos Town (1) while in Mombasa the 28 cases are in; Mvita (14), Jomvu (9), Likoni (2), Changamwe, Kisauni and Nyali have (1) case each.

In Busia, the 10 cases are in Teso North (7) and Matayos (3). In Uasin Gishu, the (8) cases are in Turbo (6), Ainabkoi and Turbo one (1) case each. Nakuru has (5) cases in Nakuru East (4) and Nakuru West (1). Makueni has (3) cases in Kibwezi West, Narok (2) cases in Narok East and Narok North, Nyeri has (2) cases in Nyeri Central and Meru has (2) cases in Imenti North. In Kakamega (1) is in Lukuyani, Kericho (1) case in Ainamoi, Kilifi (1) in Kilifi North, Laikipia (1) in Laikipia East and Nandi (1) in Chemumei.

Dr. Mwangangi said that today the government discharged 71 cases from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,017. However, the country has also lost five (5) more patients to the disease, bringing cumulative fatality to 202.

The  Acting Director General of Health, Dr. Patrick Amoth said out of the 450 health care workers who have tested positive for COVID and what is working in governments favour is the demographic profile meaning they are young people.

Out of the 450 cases, Dr. Amoth said 414 don’t have any underlying problem, only 16 have high- pertension , 6 asthma, 3 diabetes, 5 HIV positive, 1 has hypothyroidism, and 1 cardiomyopathy and others small minor diseases were 4.

“Don’t leave anything to chance please implement the letter the information you get from case management team , from the prevention infection control team so that you are not only safe for yourselves but to save safe to serve another Kenyan who may have unfortunately caught Covid 19 “, Dr. Amoth advised the health care workers

By  Wangari  Ndirangu

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