Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe this morning toured Makueni county to inspect the state of preparedness – By Gerald Gekara.
The delegation from the ministry of health was recieved by Machakos county leadership, led by the Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau.
CS Kagwe presented Personal protective equipment to medical workers in Makueni county and inspected the upgraded Makindu level 5 hospital.
“I am impressed by the level of preparedness by most areas visited. Makueni County, in particular, has been extremely organized, and has demonstrated a high standard of readiness,” said CS Kagwe.
In his address CS Kagwe announced 278 new cases of the virus being reported in the last 24 hours. This raises Kenya’s coronavirus tally to 8,528.
This was out of 3,053 samples run over the last 24 hours. Currently 196,508 samples have been tested so far, inching closer to Kenya’s testing target at 250,000.
89 patients have been discharged from various hospitals, bringing to 2,593 the total number of recoveries.
2 more people succumbed to the virus, further pushing Kenya’s death tally to 169.
The Ministry of Health has however identified 252 hired healthcare personnel of all cadres, for Makueni County, to boost human resource capacity, while the process of hiring another 110 is on-going.
More than 540,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while more than 11.6 million infections have been confirmed in at least 188 countries and territories. More than 6.3 million people have recovered to date.