Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says counties must ensure they have sufficient capacity to deal with Covid-19 cases instead of sending patients to Nairobi.
Kenya had set out to build capacity to handle COVID-19 disease by having a minimum of 300 ICU beds in each of the 47 Counties. This aspiration has largely not been achieved and remains one of the biggest gaps in COVID-19 response.
Kagwe called counties to ensure they have enough oxygen systems.
According to the CS who was talking on KBC’s Prime Edition, also assured that the current covi-19 situation in the country is under control.
He said the tendency to think that if private hospitals in Nairobi are overwhelmed, then Nairobi is overwhelmed is wrong as capacities can be extended.
“At no time did we have so many patients that people could not go to hospital.” He added
Talking on strategies and restrictions, Kagwe said the reason people were quarantined is because the government could not take care of them if they fell sick as no-one was prepared with what was happening.
” For us we had no choice but to ensure the virus does not spread.” He said.
The CS called on those who have tested positive to be mentally strong.
This comes even as the Ministry of Health recorded 400 new Covid-19 cases from a sample size of 5,068 tested in the last 24 hours bringing the positivity rate to now 7.9%.
From the cases 386 are Kenyans while 14 are foreigners with 220 being males and 180 females. The youngest is a 12-day-old infant while the oldest is 97years.
Total confirmed positive cases are now 186,453 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,989,066.
354 patients are said to have recovered from the disease, 259 are from the Home Based and Isolation Care program while 95 from various health facilities countrywide.Total recoveries now stand at 129,165 out of whom 93,650 are from Home Based Care and Isolation program, while 35,515 are from various health facilities.
The CS says unfortunately,7 patients have succumbed to the disease, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits on diverse dates in the month of June 2021. The cumulative fatalities now stand at 3,697.
New deaths by age;0-9 years (0), 10-19 years (0), 20-29 (0), 30-39 years (0), 40-49 years (0), 50-59 years (2), 60 years and above (5). Cumulative deaths by age; 0-9 years (56), 10-19 years (26), 20-29 (118), 30-39 years (305), 40-49 years (442), 50-59 years (747), 60 years and above (2,003).
A total of 1,133 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 5,387 patients are under the Home Based Isolation and Care program. 113 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 30of whom are on ventilatory support and 46 on supplemental oxygen. 37 patients are under observation.
Another 185 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 163 of them in general wards and 22 in High Dependency Units (HDU).
As of today, a total of 1,495,120 vaccines had so far been administered across the country. Of these, total first doses are 1,020,120 while second doses are 475,000.
The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose is at 46.6% with the majority being males at 55% while females are at 45%. Proportion of adults fully vaccinated is 1.8%.
The uptake of the second dose by Priority Groups is as follows: Aged 58 years and above 147,263, Others 132,754, Health Workers 92,915, Teachers 65,125 while Security Officers are at 36,943.