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Update of Coronavirus in The Country and Response Measures as at 24th June 2020

MinistryofHealthKenya(MOH) 06/24/2020

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to our daily COVID-19 update.

Yesterday, | promised you that we are going to address the issue of Home Based and Isolation Care (HBIC), at our today’s briefing. The reason being, there has been a lot of interest from the general public.

Just to remind you, the Ministry of Health launched the Home-Based Isolation and Care protocols, on 10" June 2020.

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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. The protocols have been developed in line with World Health Organization guidelines. 

This approach was arrived at following extensive consultations with various stakeholders with the aim to relieve pressure from our health care systems.

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 socioeconomic situation.

The guidelines have been translated to Kiswahili and counties are e urged to hansuite them to local languages. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 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.

As of yesterday, forty (40), out of 47 counties, had reported cases of Covid-19, which amounts to 85 percent of the counties in the country.

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe during a recent press briefing

Nairobi is leading with (2,428) cases, followed by Mombasa, with (1,304), then Busia and Kajiado, which have had many cases of cross border truck drivers follow with, (361) and (179) cases respectively.

The others are Kiambu, (155), 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 (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).

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

From these statistics, and the projection, it is becoming less tenable to isolate all confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospital-based treatment facilities. 

The Ministry of Health is already training Healthcare Workers and Community Health volunteers to educate the caregivers/ households about this programme.

The training, initially targeted the high risk counties and will eventually be rolled out to all the affected counties.

The focus of this 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.

It also empowers individuals and households with basic knowledge, skills and competencies, to enable them function effectively as caregivers of COVID-19 patients.

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 this 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.

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A Kenyan being helped by a Health Worker

Such patients should be free of any underlying conditions. 

Asymptomatic patients put on this program, will be discharged at least 14 days from the date of their first COVID-19 test, a period during which they should not 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 short message (SMS) to *719#, or, notify the designated health care worker.

Ladies and Gentlemen, With regard to our COVID-19 statistics today, 4,859 samples have been tested and, 254 people have tested positive for the virus.

This brings to 5,206 the number of positive cases in the country so far.

The total number of tests carried out now stands at 151,396. 

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

The 254 positive cases are distributed in counties as follows; Nairobi 127, Mombasa (36), Migori (29), Kajiado (22), Kiambu (12), Busia (9), Uasin Gishu (5), Muranga (3), Machakos and Kilifi, (2), cases each, Nakuru, Siaya, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Isiolo, Kakamega, and Kisii, one (1) case each.

In sub-counties, the cases are distributed as follows, Nairobi, the 127 cases are from; Westlands, (32), Dagoretti North, (18), Langata, (16), Kamukunji, (14), Embakasi East, (12), Makadara, (10), Embakasi South, | (8), Kasarani, (4), Ruaraka, (3), Starehe Kibra, Embakasi North, and Embakasi Central, (2), cases each, Roysambu, and Mathare, (1), case each.

In Mombasa, the 36 casesare from Mvita, (11), Jomvu, (8), Kisauni, and Likoni (5) cases each, Changamwe, (4), and Nyali (3).

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An aerial view of a section of Mombasa town

All the (29) cases in Migori are from Suna East.

In Kajiado, the (22) cases are from Kajiado Central, (18), Kajiado North, and Kajiado East, (2) cases each.

In Kiambu, the 12 cases are from Thika, and Kiambu Town, (4) cases each, Kikuyu, (2), Kabete and Juja (1) case each.

In Busia, the 9 cases are from Teso South, (7), and Matayos, (2).

In Uasin Gishu, the (5) cases are from Ainabkoi (3), Turbo and Kesses (1) case each.

In Muranga, the 3 cases are from Kiharu (2) and Kigumo, (1) Machakos the two (2) cases are in Athi River (1) and Matungulu (1).

Kilifi has (2) cases in Rabai (1) and Kilifi South (1), Nakuru has (1) case in Naivasha, Siaya has one (1) case in Bondo, Taita Taveta one (1) case in Voi, i and Garissa has one (1) case in Garissa Town. Isiolo has | one (1) case, Kakamega (1) case in Lurambi and Kisii (1) case in Kisii Central. 

The samples collected and tested in the last 24 hours from each county is as indicated below; 

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On a positive note, today, we have discharged 41 patients from various hospitals, bringing the tally of recoveries to 1,823.

Our gratitude goes to our healthcare workers for the good work.

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

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Coronavirus victim being buried by Health Workers in Kenya

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the departed.

As I conclude, I would like 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. Protocols and guidelines on home based care can be found on the Ministry's website.www.health.go.ke

Finally, 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.

I thank you.

SEN. MUTAHI KAGWE, EGH.

CABINET SECRETARY.

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