A survey has shown that people living with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and cancer are more likely to be severely ill when infected with Coronavirus disease.
According to the Kenya Stepwise survey for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), elderly people aged over 60 are also vulnerable, as seen in figures released from the Ministry of Health detailing positive cases.
Kenya Stepwise said the diseases account for over 50 percent of inpatient admissions and 40 percent of hospital mortality.
It advised that early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of NCDs must be a cornerstone of the COVID-19 response in Kenya.
It observed that there was a significant drop in hospital visits by the public since the onset of the COVID -19 pandemic, including in Kenya where most hospitals remained deserted.
The researcher added that many patients may not continue with their routine treatment and are, therefore, unable to adequately manage their conditions while at home.