254 more Covid-19 cases in Kenya now 5206 -Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi

In the last 24 hours, we have tested 4,859 samples, out of which, 254 people have tested positive for the virus. The cumulative number of tests conducted so far is now 151,396 and the total case load in the country is 5,206. Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi.

All the positive cases are Kenyans, with 186 being males and 68 females. The youngest is four years old and the oldest 92 years.

▪️Nairobi, has 127 cases, ▪️Mombasa 36
▪️Migori, 29
▪️Kajiado, 22
▪️Kiambu 12
▪️Busia, (9),
▪️Uasin Gishu, (5),
▪️Muranga (3),
▪️Machakos, & Kilifi, (2), cases each,
▪️Nakuru, Siaya, Taita Taveta, Garisaa, Isiolo, Kakamega, & Kisii, (1) case each.

We have not yet reached out peak. Our numbers will keep rising; Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.

In Mombasa, the 36 cases are from ;
▪️Mvita, 11
▪️Jomvu, 8
▪️Kisauni, & Likoni 5 cases each,
▪️Changamwe, 4
▪️Nyali 3

▪️All the 29 cases in Migori are from Suna East.
▪️In Kajiado, the 22 cases are from Kajiado Central, 18 Kajiado North, & Kajiado East, 2 cases each.

In Kiambu, the 12 cases are from Thika, & Kiambu Town, 4 cases each, Kikuyu, 2, Kabete, and Juja one case each.

▪️Machakos has 2 cases in Athi River & Matungulu one case each.
▪️Kilifi has 2 cases in Rabai & Kilifi South one case each ▪️Nakuru has (1) case in Naivasha,
▪️Siaya has (1) case in Bondo, ▪️Taita Taveta (1) case in Voi, ▪️Garissa has (1) case in Garissa Town.

▪️Isiolo has one case,
▪️Kakamega one case in Lurumbi
▪️Kisii one case in Kisii Central.

Mombasa & Nairobi City Counties have the highest infection rate of COVID-19 at 107.9 & 55.2 per 100,000 population respectively, as compared to 10.4 per 100,000 for the whole country.

Todate, 40 out of 47 counties, have reported cases of Covid-19, which amounts to 85 percent of the counties in the country. Nairobi is leading with 2,428 cases, followed by Mombasa, with 1,304, then Busia & Kajiado, with 361 & 179 cases respectively because cross border issues.

So far Kiambu has 155, cases Uasin Gishu, 66, Migori 59, Kilifi 52, Kwale 51, Machakos 44, Nakuru 32, Garissa 25, Taita Taveta 25, Kisumu 20), Mandera 18, Wajir 17, Meru 15, Turkana 15, Siaya 12, Kitui 11, Nyeri (9), Bungoma (7), Isiolo (7), Murang’a (6)…

Homa Bay has (5), Kisii (4), Kakamega (3), Kericho (3), Laikipia (3), Makueni (3), Narok (3), Embu (2), Bomet (1), Elgeyo Marakwet (1), Kirinyaga (1), Marsabit (1), Nandi (1), Nyamira (1), Trans Nzoia (1) and Vihiga (1).

Today, we have discharged 41 patients from various hospitals, bringing the tally of recoveries to 1,823.

Sadly, we have lost 2 more patients to the disease, bringing the total number of those who have succumbed to 130.

MOH_Kenya launched the Home-Based Isolation & Care protocols, on 10th June 2020. Kenya is the only Country in the region that is implementing this program as one of the case management strategies to combat the Coronavirus disease, in line with WHO guidelines.

This is in consideration that 78% of the infected persons are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms which can be managed at home. These guidelines have been developed taking into consideration of our local social economic situation.

The home based care and isolation guidelines have been translated to Kiswahili and counties are urged to translate them to local languages.

The positive cases we are now reporting, are as result of local community transmission. The disease is now firmly circulating within our urban and rural settings.

We want to thank our healthcare workers as well as the Community Health Volunteers who are supervising the Home Based and Isolation Care program for their commitment and dedication. The success of this program depends on them.

Let us all remember that our first line of defence to beat the virus still remains the containment measures. These are washing of hands with soap and running water, maintaining social and physical distance, wearing of face mask when in public places.

MOH Kenya is already training Healthcare Workers and Community Health volunteers to educate the caregivers/ households about home based care and isolation programme. The initial training, targets high risk counties and will eventually be rolled out to all the affected counties.

Asymptomatic patients put on the home based program, will be discharged at least 14 days from the date of their first COVID-19 test, a period during which they should not have symptoms.

However, mild symptomatic patients will only be discharged if they have not developed fever for at least 72 hours, without medication.

In the event that one’s condition deteriorates, then they should call 719, or send a SMS to *719#, or, notify the designated health care worker.

The focus of the home based training is to build capacity at household’s level to take care of COVID-19 patients at home. The course covers eligibility, feasibility and procedures of the program, with eventual monitoring and evaluation.

In addition, other community bases structures, such as Nyumba Kumi and Community Health Committees have a role to ensure compliance of these protocols.

Eligible patients for the home based program must be assessed by a healthcare worker, be confirmed as COVID-19 positive, and also be asymptomatic, or with mild symptoms of the virus. Such patients should be free of any underlying conditions.

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