Kenya Covid-19 update today – Govt Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna

The government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has given the latest update on Coronavirus Covid-19 on March 16th, 2020.

The Coronavirus Covid-19 update : The Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna press conference highlights are:

  • 3 confirmed Covid-19 cases
  • 3 more suspected cases awaiting results.
  • 14 under quarantine awaiting test results.
  • 20 admitted
  • 36 counties in the country have quarantine and isolation facilities in place ready to fight the virus.
  • The 34 entry points in the country have screening services and are all operational.

Two Corona virus cases are import cases but the 3rd one is not an import case says Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna.

The 3 suspected cases make the case criteria of having dry coughs, fever, difficult in breathing that’s why isolated but are still awaiting results.

The government is continuing to trace all those who might have been in contact with the first covid19 case in Kenya.

Stringent measures have been put in place in an effort to ensure the Covid-19
situation does not escalate. The National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus in Kenya (NERCC) is coordinating other sub-committees at national & county levels to ensure nothing is left to chance.

Currently, 36 Counties have set up quarantine & isolation facilities for COVID-19 suspected cases. Testing kits &
necessary supplies have made available to some counties. These additional facilities are to ensure the country is able to handle Covid-19 in Kenya.

Training of Trainers exercise is being conducted in all the 47 counties. TOT is aimed at ensuring all counties have capacity to test and manage COVID-19 case. We are also conducting training of all health care workers at all health facilities
including Mbagathi Hospital.

There is a call centre that you can access by dialing 719 for audio messages or *719# for short messages.This will apply across all networks. Additionally, we are working with @kenyaRedCross to expand our call centre capacity.

The country has enough testing capacity &
testing capacities has been extended to other KEMRI Satellite centres in Kilifi, Kericho, Kisumu and Busia this is in addition to the two in Nairobi. This is to aid in shortening trans-shipment time of samples as well as results.

So far, 1,500 health workers in both public and private health facilities and at points of entry have been trained on Covid-19.

We have isolation facilities at
Mbagathi District Hospital @KNH_hospital. We have expanded this to include Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and referral Hospital together with facilities at the counties.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 5000 sets & commodities have been distributed to all counties & major Points of Entry (POEs) among them JKIA, Moi International Airport as well as health facilities at county level.

All POEs in the country also have operational isolation facilities with
prepositioned PPE.

The Government is currently of training
different sectors in order to enhance capacity in containing the possible
spread of Covid-19. These include; tax operators, public transport & boda boda operators, prisons, police, NYS

Here are the videos of the Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna while addressing the nation:

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