Today we have recorded 105 positive cases, from a sample of 2,273. This brings the total number of confirmed positive cases to 3,094, from 102,956 samples tested so far.
Out of today’s cases;
?96 are Kenyans & 9 are foreigners,
?77 are males & 28 are females.
?The youngest is two years old &the oldest is 77.
We are delighted to inform you that we have discharged the highest number of 175 patients, from our various facilities, who have recovered from Coronavirus disease.
This brings the total number of recoveries to 1,048.
Distribution of cases in counties;
?Kwale & Kiambu, 5 cases each,
?Kilifi, Machakos & Taita Taveta 3 cases each,
?Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Kajiado & Garissa, one case each.
Nairobi cases are from; ?Ruaraka, 14
?Dagoretti North & Kamukunji 4 each, ?Embakasi West, Embakasi East & Kibra, 3 each, ?Starehe & Westlands, 2 cases each,
?Makadara, Mathare & Embakasi South, one case each.
All the 18 cases in Busia, are of truck drivers, at Malaba border point.
Mombasa, has 11 cases from; ?Kisauni, 5
All the 7 cases in Turkana,are of truck drivers at Nadapal point of entry.
Migori, 6 cases are from;
?Kuria West, 4
?Nyatike & Suna East 1 case each.
Kiambu,s 5 cases are from; ?Ruiru, 2
?Kiambu Town, Juja & Lari one case each.
?Kilifi, 3 cases are from Rabai.
?Machakos, 3 cases are from Athi River,
?Taita Taveta, 3 cases are of truck drivers at Taveta.
?Kisumu, 2 cases are of truck drivers in Kisumu Central,
?Uasin Gishu, one case is of a truck driver in Turbo.
?Siaya, has one case from Rarieda,
?Garissa one case from Daadab,
?Kajiado, one case from Kajiado East.
Today we lost another one patient to the disease, bringing the tally of fatalities to 89. The patient was in Nairobi in one of our hospitals. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the departed.
As a Ministry, we are working very closely with the County Government of Busia, to address the issues of truck drivers.
Due to our rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, it is increasingly becoming untenable to isolate all patients in our health facilities for management & treatment.
Today, we are launching our Home Based Isolation & Care Guidelines, for Patients with COVID-19 which is available on Ministry of Health Kenya Website.
The home based care protocol has been developed to provide a solution in the management of the increasing numbers & the anticipated surge in the COVID-19 cases.
According to available data in our country, 78 per cent of the infected persons, admitted in hospitals are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, & therefore, can be managed at home provided proper laid down procedures are followed; Dr. Rashid Aman, CAS Health
The Home-Based Isolation and Care Guidelines dictate these procedures.
The guidelines expound key areas that include eligibility, care procedures, medical monitoring, referral system to health facilities when the need arises, criteria for determining recovery and community participation among others.
The implementation of the guidelines shall be done under the supervision of medical and public health officials.
Community Health Volunteers will be involved in the daily assessment of the home-based patients & will be the key link between the healthcare workers and the households; Dr. Rashid.
Home-based care in the informal settlements where households share small spaces will require identification of institutions within the community that meet the recommendations for providing such care.
The ‘Nyumba Kumi’ Initiative will play a role in supporting the care in the community.