155 more Covid-19 cases in Kenya now 4952 – Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi

Today, 155 people have tested positive for coronavirus, from 4,171 samples tested in the last 24 hours. COVID-19 UPDATE, BY CAS HEALTH Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.

This brings to 4,952 the overall case load in the country, and 146,537 samples have so far been tested.
All the cases are Kenyans, with 120 being males and 35 females. According to’ age, the youngest is a one year old infant, and the oldest is 77.

The 155 cases are distributed in counties as follows; Nairobi, (104) cases, Busia, (19), Migori, (10), Mombasa (9), Uasin Gishu, (4), Kiambu (3), Machakos (2), Nakuru, (2), Kisumu, (1), Kajiado, (1).

In sub-counties, the cases are distributed as follows; in Nairobi, the 104 cases are from; Kibra, (20), Dagoretti North, (17), Starehe, (13), Westlands, (10), Mathare, (9), Langata, (8), Kasarani , (6), Embakasi South, (4), Royasambu, (4), Ruaraka, (4), Kamukunji, (3), Makadara, (2), Embakasi East, (2), Dagoretti South, (1), and Embakasi West, (1).

In Busia, the 19 cases are from Teso South, (14), and Matayos, (5). In Migori, the 10 cases are from Kuria West, (6), Kuria East, (3), and Nyatike, (1). In Mombasa, the 16 cases are from Jomvu, (4), Mvita, (3), Nyali, (1) and Changamwe, (1).
In Uasin Gishu, the 4 cases are from Ainabkoi, (2), and Turbo, (2).

In Kiambu, the 3 cases are from Kiambaa, Kiambu Town, and Kikuyu, with a case each. Machakos has (2) in cases in Athi River, while in Nakuru, the two (2) cases are in Naivasha and the case in Kisumu is in Kisumu Central, and the case in Kajiado, is in Kajiado North.

We are happy to report that we have discharged 102 patients from various hospitals, bringing the tally of recoveries to 1,782.

We have lost (3) more patients to the disease, bringing the total number of those who have succumbed to 128.

To us, every death is a tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends that have lost loved ones.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen many countries coming up with different kinds of interventions, responses, and guidelines to limit its spread.

In Kenya, compared to other countries, the containment measures have resulted in low infection rate; CAS Dr. Mercy Health

During this period of Covid-19, we have observed an increase in vices, such as domestic violence, intimate partner violence, teenage pregnancies, as well as child abuse, by either close relatives, or even friends. Women and children need to be protected, at all costs, to prevent them against any violence and abuse.

Sexual and reproductive health needs, including psychosocial support services, and protection from gender-based violence, must be prioritized to ensure continuity.

In the past few weeks, a national debate has been raging on teenage pregnancies in Machakos County, and the rest of the country, during this period of the pandemic. Having interrogated the data that has been circulating in the media, the Ministry of Health can authoritatively inform the country, that the numbers are exaggerated, outrageous, and do not reflect the actual statistics.

This by no means, is not to suggest that we do not have a problem in our hands. As a matter of fact, teenage pregnancy remains a global challenge, and Kenya is no exception. Teenage motherhood is a catastrophic, disempowering outcome in the life of a girl. More often than not, it spells doom to the teenager’s attainment of life’s full potential.

The Ministry considers one pregnancy of a teenager too many, as each girl and boy deserve an equal opportunity to thrive, and to be free of health risks and economic burdens emanating from premature parenting.

The actual number of pregnant teenagers approximately a third of the reported cases due to;

  1. Teenage mothers present late to the clinic, when the
    pregnancy is advanced;
  2. Given the high risks associated with a teenage
    pregnancy, most teen mothers presenting to the clinic are advised and usually make multiple visits, much more than a regular pregnancy;
  3. The current data is inaccurately extrapolated from
    the number of Ante-Natal Clinic visits by teenage mothers, which do not represent the numerical count of individual teenagers presenting to the clinic.

We have noted that some passengers on evacuation flights are not adhering to the protocols that have been issued by MOH_Kenya & we are clarifying that anybody coming back home must have a COVID-19 free certificate from the country where they are originating from.

Before departure, it is mandatory to complete a declaration form, indicating whether they would wish to be quarantined, in a government or a private facility. Those with underlying health conditions, their doctors must submit to self-quarantine them under their supervision.

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