Government announces safe home care for COVID-19 patients as hospitals run out of capacity

Mutahi Kagwe
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. [Photo courtesy]

A recent pronouncement by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Kenya’s progress in fighting coronavirus has painted a blurry picture of a country that could slip into the abyss of the virus.

In his daily presser on coronavirus at Afya House, Kagwe on Thursday said that the country is getting deeper into the woods in regards to the novel coronavirus.

“We are getting more and more into the woods! We cannot afford to relent in this fight if we must safeguard the lives of Kenyans,” he cautioned.

He said that hospitals in the city are nearly full and they are developing a guide to offer the required support for COVID-19 patients in homes with safety as the leading factor

He announced that 124 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 2,340.

Mombasa had the highest number of cases at 40, while Nairobi followed closely with 38 and Busia had 26.

For Busia’s case, he said that transit drivers remain at risk of contracting the virus and warned them against going to clinics to get certification that they are COVID-free.

He said some truck drivers are presenting certificates from clinics which have not been certified by the World Health Organization to carry out COVID-19 tests.

The CCS indicated that 39 people were discharged on Thursday. 592 have recovered so far.

Sadly, four more people died bringing the death toll to 78.