Rising numbers of cases overwhelm health facilities, home-based isolation to be launched

Rising numbers of cases overwhelm health facilities, home-based isolation to be launched

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr.Rashid Aman | Courtesy of Ministry of Health

10 June, 2020

The Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Rashid Aman today disclosed that the Government will launch home-based isolation guidelines for Covid-19 patients which will be available on the ministry’s website and will be able to provide a solution in the management of the increased numbers as health facilities reach full capacity. This move comes from the country data that suggests 78 % of admitted people in hospitals are asymptomatic and can be managed at home. The implementation of these guidelines is expected to be done under the supervision of medical and public health officials.

In regards to the Covid-19 situation in the country, the CAS announced that the country recorded the highest number of recoveries as 175 people were discharged from various facilities bringing number of recoveries to 1,048.

At the same time, 105 new infections of the disease have been recorded from a total of 2, 273 samples tested. So far the cumulative number of infections is at 3,094 with 102,956 samples tested to date. From today’s cases, 96 are Kenyans and 9 foreigners with gender distribution being 77 for males and 28 females and age range being between 2 years for the youngest and 77 for the oldest.

The cases are distributed in Nairobi with 43, Busia 18, Mombasa 11, Turkana 7, Migori 6, Kwale 5, Kiambu 5,Kilifi, Machakos and Taita Taveta each having 3, Kisumu 2 and Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Kajiado and Garissa each having 1 case.

In Nairobi, the cases are spread in Ruaraka with 14, Lang’ata 5, Dagoretti North and kamukunji 4 each, Embakasi West, Embakasi East and Kibra 3 each, Starehe and Westlands 2 each and Makadara, Mathare and Embakasi South 1 each. Busia’s cases are all truck drivers at Malaba border point while in Mombasa 5 are from Kisauni, 4 from Likoni, and 2 from Mvita.

In Turkana, all cases are of truck drivers from Nadapal point of entry, Migori has 4 cases from Kuria West and 1 each from Nyatike and Suna East. In Kiambu, 2 cases are from Ruiru and Kiambu Town, Juja and Lari each having 1 case each.

In Kilifi, all cases are from Rabai, Machakos from Athi River, Taita Taveta from Taveta (truck drivers), Kisumu also truck drivers from Kisumu Central while in Uasin Gishu the case is a truck driver from Turbo. The case from Siaya is from Rarieda, the case from Garissa is from Daadab and the case in Kajiado is from Kajiado East.

He also confirmed that 1 more person has lost their life to the disease bringing number of deaths in the country to 89.