The number of Covid-19 cases in Kenya has risen to 363 after eight more patients tested positive.
While inaugurating the advisory Committee on supply and utilization of blood and blood products at Afya House, Cabinet Secretary for Health said that eight more were discharged from hospital having tested negative from the virus.
“Today, we continue to register tremendous progress in terms of recoveries. in the last 24 hours, an additional eight Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospital bringing the total number of recoveries to 114,” CS Kagwe said.
From the eight confirmed, three cases are from Mombasa, three from Nairobi, one from Kwale and one from Tanga.
Two cases in Nairobi come from Kibra and the quarantine facility at the Kenyatta University.
The Kwale case is from Tanga at Lunga Lunga border while the four cases in Mombasa are from Mvita.
Five cases were picked by the Health Ministry surveillance team and three of the confirmed cases emanated from quarantine centres.
Elsewhere, the Ministry of Health has launched an Advisory Committee on supply and utilization of blood and blood products in the country.
The committee will also oversee health reforms to revolutionize the whole area of blood supply in the country and involve health care providers in the country.
Kagwe noted that the country needs at least 960,000 units as per the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations adding that his ministry is targeting to have at least 720,000 units.
CS Kagwe said that the ministry will also look into the importance of using ICT in blood centres to manage blood as per need and also create a database of blood donors.
“Moving forward we don’t want to see duplication of activities. Anything involving storage, management must be brought into the armpit of the institutional framework,” he said.
The Secretary-General of the Red Cross Society Abbas Gullet said the new task force will look into the challenges faced by hospitals by the looking into modern ways of blood management.
“The role of the task force will be to come up with policies, new ways of managing blood centrally from one source as opposed to privately,” he said.