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Over 7000 Covid 19 Cases in Kenya

Covid 19 infections in the country surpassed the 7000 mark after 247 new cases were confirmed over the last 24 hours.

This bring  to 7,188 the number of people who have so far tested positive to the highly contagious disease since the first case was reported in the country earlier this year.

, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Rashid Aman while issuing the daily update on the status of the pandemic in the country said the new figures were detected from 4147 samples submitted for testing.

 

“Our Cumulative samples tested so far now stands at 180,206 and from  today’s cases 242 are Kenyans while 5 are foreigners, and 164 are males, and 83 females with the  youngest  being  a one year old infant while the oldest is 100”, he said .

 

 

He also announced that the Ministry of Health had put in place deliberate efforts to improve access to cancer services in line with the Universal Health Coverage agenda.

Through the Managed Equipment Service (MES), the Ministry has availed x-ray, CT-SCAN equipment, and ultrasound and mammography machines, to the counties to boost cancer diagnosis.

Speaking    during the Covid 19 situation in the country, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Rashid Amn said the ministry has established 10 county chemotherapy centers, which are all operational and fully functional.

“During this period of COVID-19 pandemic we have  continued to support these centers with appropriate cancer drugs to ensure continued service delivery”, the CAS  added saying that  Cancer as an underlying condition  has so far see six patients of COVID 19 and who also were nursing cancer succumb.

Dr. Rashid noted that  basic cancer care can now be accessed at a nearby county health facility and urged the  cancer patients, on active treatment as well as those on follow up, to embrace and utilize these services.

He said   Country marked an important milestone in the fight against cancer as the nation finally unveiled the Kenya Cancer Policy 2019-2030 alongside the Breast Cancer Screening Pilot Report as well as  developed and disseminated the National Cancer Screening Guidelines to all the 47 counties.

Breast cancer, it is the leading type of cancer in Kenya, with about 6,000 new cases every year.

He later gave a breakdown of the Coronavirus infection patterns saying Nairobi county topped the  with  153,  followed by Mombasa 35, Kajiado 15, Busia 12, Kiambu 12, Uasin Gishu 4, Machakos 4, Garissa 4, Murang’a 2, Nakuru 2, Siaya 2, Lamu 1, and Nyamira 1.

The distribution of the cases by sub counties; in Nairobi, the 153 cases are in; Kibra (35), Westlands (28), Dagoretti North (16), Kasarani (13), Embakasi East (12), Starehe (10), Langata (8), Makadara (6), Embakasi South (5), Embakasi West (4), Kamukunji (4), Roysambu (4), Dagoretti South (3), Ruaraka (3), and Embakasi Central (2).

In Mombasa, the 35 cases are in; Mvita (17), Likoni (6), Changamwe (4), Kisauni (3), Jomvu (3), and Nyali (2). In Kajiado, the 15 cases are in Kajiado East (10), Kajiado North (4) and Kajiado Central (1). In Busia the 12 cases are in; Teso South (8), Teso North (2), and Matayos (2). In Kiambu, the 12 cases are in, Kiambaa (6), Ruiru (3), Thika (2), and Kikuyu (1). In Uasin Gishu, the (4) cases are in Ainabkoi (2), Kapseret (1), and Turbo (1).

In Machakos, all the 4 cases are in Athi River while in Garissa the cases are in Daadab (2), and Garissa Township (2). In Muranga, the cases are in Maragua and Kiharu, in Nakuru the two cases are in Nakuru West, in Siaya the cases are in Alego Usonga while the case in Lamu is in Lamu West and the Nyamira case is in Nyamira town.

Dr. Rashid said that today  39 patients have been discharged from various hospitals bringing bringing to 2,148 the total number of recoveries.  However , 2 people have succumbed to the disease disease bringing to 154 our fatality in the country.

Dr. Patrick Amoth, Ag. Director General explained that currently the Covid patients  In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU ) in the country is evenly balanced with 14 being in public hospital while 15 are in private health  institutions. 13 of the 29 case are on ventilator support and remaining 16 getting supplemental oxygen.

The management of COVID 19 patients, he said is an expensive activity and according to a study recently done , one spends a total of 21, 300 on a daily basis to management an asymptomatic  Covid case.

“For a mild case we would spend Ksh21, 400, per day,  for a severe case that will require  supplemental  oxygen  will see the figure rising to Ksh 51,000 and if critical and require ventilatory support it will shoot to Ksh 71,000 per day”, he said

Dr. Amoth noted that these figures are not sustainable in the long run , and  would overwhelm and  impoverish  the  people   going further with a major driver being PPEs  which has to be donned every time a patient is seen

The same study  the DG said  shows that home based care is 9 times cheaper than  institutional care and its with that in mind that the home based care guidelines were introduced to remove the burden of  health care and also economic burden of  keeping people in hospitals.

By  Wangari Ndirangu

 

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