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COVID situation likely to overwhelm Kenya’s health system

Western Kenya on lockdown over surging coronavirus cases

The ministry of health is warning that the COVID-19 could overwhelm the country’s health care systems as numbers continue to spike.

This as the government extended the countrywide 10 pm to 4 am curfew including in the lake region counties.

And as the pandemic bite continues to deepen across the country, the swelling numbers are now threatening to break the country’s health care system.

With more than 1,400 patients currently admitted in various hospitals, 175 in intensive care units and nearly 500 others are on supplementary oxygen.

“The truth of the matter is that if you fall sick within this county you are very unlikely to get a hospital bed and it is good to call a spade a spade not a big spoon…Unless we can contain it at this level unless we can stop the transition right now then it is possible that our health system is going to be overwhelmed,” said Kagwe.

With the ferocious delta variant sweeping across the country, the government now intends to increase infrastructure including ICU capacity in some of its hospitals.

Counties have further been put on high alert and urged to boost their capacity including

 “For the plants to be effective there has to be piping in the hospitals where these oxygen plants are being installed and therefore as far as these counties are concerned in deed all counties what we are asking is that we pipe the oxygen instead of relying on oxygen cylinders.”

Cs Kagwe fired salvo at defiant politicians, who constantly mock the virus, with political rallies, yet public gatherings remain banned.

“There’s no point of carrying out all these rallies and then we just follow with all these deaths and then when the deaths come, we go to the funerals and follow with even more funerals at the end of the day the average Kenyan who is suffering.”

To ensure compliance, Inspector General of Police Hilliary Mutyambai has promised to step up enforcement.

“I would like to see all those meetings wherever they will attempt to take place that are very clear and we’ll continue engaging with the members of the public and I advise don’t attend the meetings, said Mutyambai.

In the last 24 hours, 945 more people have tested positive for the virus from 7,295 tests representing a positivity rate of 13 percent.

16 more patients have lost the lives to the disease bringing the total fatalities in the country to 3,926.

Kenya’s fight against coronavirus has also received a shot in the arm, with 400,000 AstraZeneca doses expected in the country tomorrow, which is a donation by the United Kingdom.

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