Today, 104 people have tested positive for #COVID19, from a sample size of 2820, in the last 24 hours. Total number of positive cases Now stands at 4478. We have also discarged 36 patients, bringing the total recoveries to 1586.
All the 104 positive cases, are Kenyans. 76 of them are males and 28 are females. The youngest is 1 year old while the oldest is 76.
The distribution of the cases by counties is as follows; Nairobi (60) cases, Mombasa (33), Kilifi, (5), Busia, (3), Kajiado (2), Taita Taveta, (1) case.
Cases sub counties;
Nairobi, 60 cases are from; ▪️Langata, (22),
▪️Dagoretti North, (2), ▪️Embakasi South (1), ▪️Kasarani (1),
▪️Embakasi East (1).
Mombasa, 33 cases are from, ▪️Changamwe, (13),
▪️Nyali one (1).
▪️Kilifi, 5 cases are from Rabai.
▪️Busia, 3 cases are from, Matayos 2, & Teso South, 1. ▪️Kajiado has 2 cases from Loitokitok,
▪️Taita Taveta, has 1 case from Taveta.
We have lost (2) more patients to the disease, bringing the total fatality to 121. Our condolences and prayers to the affected families and friends.
The COVID-19 pandemic has enormous health, socioeconomic & psychological impact on the population, because of the morbidity & mortality it causes & socio-economic distress.
Globally, the pandemic is associated with increasing daily infections, deaths, social disruption, economic loss & anxiety & uncertainty about the future which results in emotional strain & fear about contagion, health, safety & livelihoods for the population.
Stigma associated with the coronavirus disease is also a cause of psychological distress. Healthcare workers and frontline worker are at high risk of stress and trauma-related disorders.
People with severe mental illness, intellectual and cognitive disabilities are often targets of abuse, ridicule and neglect in their communities.
Supporting mental health remains one of the Governments highest priority.
Ministry of Health Kenya MOH Kenya & partners are continuing to take action to help Kenyans whose mental health & wellbeing is being affected by the pandemic, by providing mental health and psychosocial support strategies & measures which are critical in the response to COVID-19.
The measures includes;
1️⃣ Prioritizing Mental Health & Psychosocial Support ( MHPSS). MHPSS teams are providing mental health & psychological services to the general public, quarantine & hospitalized persons, healthcare workers, & high risk vulnerable populations.
2️⃣Providing 24 hour access to tele-counselling services & psychological care via hotlines 1199 & 719.
3️⃣Implementation of the Presidential directive on Mental Health, to transform Mathare Mental Hospital into a SAGA to provide referral specialized care, training & research.