19 Die of Covid-19 as Kenya Marks Malaria Day

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on October 2020.
  • Kenya has recorded 469 new Covid-19 cases, from a sample size of 4,194 tested in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 11.2%.

    Of the cases, 437 are Kenyans while 32 are foreigners. 300 are males and 169 are females. The youngest is
    a six-month-old infant while the oldest is 91 years.

    During a briefing on Saturday, April 25, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, stated that 304 patients had recovered from the disease, 187 from home-based care, and 117 from various health facilities.

    Total recoveries now stand at 106,588 of which 77,604 are from home-based care and isolation while 28,984 are from various health facilities.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on October 2020.

    On a sad note, 19 patients have succumbed to the disease, one reported in the last 24 hours, 10 on diverse dates, and 8 are late deaths reports from health records audits. The cumulative deaths so far are at 2,622.

    A total of 1,443 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 6,872 patients are on Home-based isolation and care.

    207 patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), 43 of whom are on ventilatory support and 133 on supplemental oxygen. 31 patients are on observation.

    This comes after the country recorded a decrease in general prevalence of Malaria from 8% documented in 2015 to 5.6%.

    The report released by the Ministry of Health indicated that the Lake region, which bears the highest disease
    burden, has reduced its prevalence rate from 27% to 19%.

    The report also showed that during the period of 2015 – 2020, there was increased ownership and use of bed nets by communities as well as improved availability and access to recommended malaria treatments.

    “An analysis of routine data collected from our health facilities shows that since 2016, the number of confirmed malaria cases has reduced from 113 per 1,000 of the population to 86 per 1,000 population.

    “The proportion of patients with malaria seeking out-patient services has reduced from 30% to 19% while in-patient admissions have decreased from 20% to 15%,” read the report in part.

    More to follow


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