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Kenyan Hospitals overwhelmed by the high number of COVID-19 patients

Oct 27, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Kenya Hospitals are reportedly full as COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Latest reports from the Kenyan hospitals indicate that Intensive Care Units beds are hard to come by and fatalities rising at an alarming rate.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi today announcing confirmation of additional COVID-19 cases at Afya House, Nairobi(Photo credit: MOH/Nyamilepedia)
Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi today announcing confirmation of additional COVID-19 cases at Afya House, Nairobi(Photo credit: MOH/Nyamilepedia)

By Monday, Kenya had recorded a total number of 49,997 with 276 recorded within the past 24 hours which represents a 12.98 percent increase in positive cases.

Within the last five days, Kenya’s positive rate mean is at 13.1 per cent, a figure that is almost triple the five per cent threshold stipulated by the World Health Organisation.

There were a total of 920 deaths as 18 persons had succumbed to the disease within the same period.

At the same time, 220 people have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, raising total recoveries to 34,429.

Health CS Kagwe said that there are ninety-two patients who are on emergency care including twenty patients under Intensive Care Unit (ICU), fifty-two on supplementary oxygen and twenty on High Dependency Unit. A total of 1,191 people are admitted in various hospitals across the country while some 1,406 patients are under home-based care programmes.

But even as the country marks an increase in the number Covid-19 infections on a daily basis, with the death toll heading on the rise at an alarming rate, a majority of Kenyans have thrown caution to the wind, disregarding the Health ministry guidelines.

Politicians are out-competing to hold mass gatherings and openly flouting rules as Kenyans go about their business as usual in major open-air markets, supermarkets, public service vehicles and even in religious gatherings.

The Corona Virus is taking over the public healthcare system, leaving in its wake a trail of pain, suffering and deaths as this callous attitude adopted by a majority of the population now comes back to bite.

Last week, the Health Director-General Patrick Amoth warned of a wide community transmission of the virus which is a severe form of the disease.

He also admitted that the rate of hospital admission had doubled in the past two months due to Covid-19.

“Two months ago, our admission rates were around 450 in all institutional facilities. Today, the figure is 991. This means we have a widespread community transmission of the disease. More and more people are also going to health facilities,” DG amoth said.

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