COVID19: Kenya adopts Home-Based care, as cases surpass 3,000

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HEALTH CAS Rashid Aman

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman has announced a Home-Based Healthcare policy to treat patients found positive of the coronavirus – By Gerald Gekara

The guidelines will see 78% of Kenya’s coronavirus cases being allowed to leave containment facilities, for personalized treatment and supervision at their homes.

“Due to our rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, it is increasingly becoming untenable to isolate all patients in our health facilities for management & treatment.” said Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman.

This comes as Kenya’s health care system continues to grapple with shortage of protective equipment, and space to house patients of Covid-19.

Currently the country has tested a total of 102, 956 patients, out of which 3,094 people have been tested positive.

In the latest statistic, 105 people were confirmed to be positive, out of 2,273 samples were tested.

Nairobi continues to lead with the number of new infections, with (43), Busia (18), Mombasa (11), Turkana (7), Migori (6), Kwale and Kiambu (5) each. 

Kilifi, Machakos and Taita Taveta had a total of 3 cases each, while Kisumu had 2 cases. Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Kajiado and Garissa reported 1 case each.  

In Nairobi, Ruaraka had (14) cases, Langata (5), Dagoretti North and Kamukunji (4) each. Embakassi East, Embakassi West and Kibra (3) cases each.

Starehe and Westlands (2) cases while Makadara, Mathare, and Embakasi South each had (1) case. 

In Mombasa, cases were reported in Kisauni (5), Likoni (4) and Mvita (2).

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman also raised a red flag on truck drivers, as it was reported that the cases in Busia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, and Taita Taveta were from truck drivers.

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Drivers are required to test themselves 48 hours before denaturing for their destination, a move that the Ministry says, has been violated frequently.

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