59 more test positive for Coronavirus in Kenya now 4797- Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi

Today, we have recorded 59 positive cases, from 2,354 samples, tested in the last 24 hours. This brings to 4,797 positive cases in the country, and the total number of samples so far tested, is 142,366. Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi.

All the 59 positive cases are Kenyans, with 47 being males and 12 females. The youngest case is 7 years old, while the oldest is 67.

The new cases are distribution as follows;
▪️Nairobi, 28
▪️Mombasa, 21
▪️Kilifi, 3
▪️Kiambu, 2
▪️Machakos, 2
▪️Kisii, Bungoma & Uasin Gishu, have one case each.

Nairobi cases are from;
▪️Dagoretti North, 7
▪️Kibra, 5
▪️Embakasi East, 4
▪️Embakasi North, 3
▪️Westlands, 3
▪️Embakasi West, 2
▪️Embakasi Central, 2
▪️Roysambu and Makadara, have one case each.

In Mombasa, the 21 cases are in;
▪️Kisauni, 8
▪️Likoni, 5
▪️Mvita, 3
▪️Nyali, 2
▪️Changamwe, 2
▪️Jomvu 1

▪️In Kilifi, the 3 cases are from Kaloleni, Kilifi North & Kilifi South, one case each.

▪️Kiambu, 2 cases are from Kiambaa & Thika, one case each.

▪️Machakos, has one case in Athi River.
▪️Kisii, one case in Bobasi, ▪️Bungoma, one case in Webuye.
▪️Uasin Gishu, one case in Turbo.

Today, we have discharged 73 more patients from our various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,680. Our gratitude goes to our healthcare workers for this commendable work.

We have lost 2 other patients from the disease, today bringing our total fatality to 125. My deep-felt condolences and prayers go to those who have lost their loved ones; Dr. Mercy Health

We are working closely with various community based groups, e.g. non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, & other stakeholders, to continue educating our people on how to contain the spread of the virus. Amref_Kenya, WHO Kenya and UNICEF Kenya.

This approach has also been complemented by over 59,000 trained Community Health Volunteers, who have been deployed in all the 47 counties, & have so far been able to reach over 12 million households.

Our renewed focus is now to strengthen community engagement structures in the Counties, to contain the community spread of the virus.

The launch of the Home-based Isolation and Care Protocols is in line with WHO guidelines and International best practices.

Our numbers of positive cases have been increasing, thereby threatening to overburden our healthcare systems.

Counties such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Busia & Kajiado, have been experiencing an upsurge of infections, with majority being asymptomatic, hence the need to roll out this home-based program.

The success of the home based care program, requires active participation of all of us, from the patients & caregivers at home, to health care providers in formal health facilities.

Other community structures, such as community health committees, Nyumba Kumi initiatives, estates management committees, & local administration, have a role to play in mitigating community transmission.

By implication, every Kenyan has a role to play in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 & we continue to appeal to all of you to embrace the containment measures, for us to curtail the community spread, & suppress the pandemic.

We are still experiencing a huge pile up of trucks at our borders, particularly in Busia. This is caused by drivers who are flouting our guidelines.

We are restating that truck drivers must take a COVID-19 test, at least 48 hours before they commence their journey. This is to allow those who test negative to have seamless movement across the border.

I urge all truck drivers and truck owners to cooperate for free and smooth movement at our borders; Dr. Mercy Health

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