Kenya to vaccinate 5.8 million by October 20 as 54 people test positive for Covid 19

Kenya to vaccinate 5.8 million by October 20 as 54 people test positive for Covid 19

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI, 27TH SEPT 2021-Kenya’s Covid-19 positivity rate Monday hit a new record low of 2.2 pc after 54 people tested positive in the last 24 hours from a sample size of 2,501.

Those who contracted the virus are all Kenyans except two foreigners, 30 females while 24 are males. The youngest is a 2 year old child while the oldest is 93 years.

Total caseload stands at 248,515 from 2,537,382 tests conducted since March last year when the country confirmed its first case.

The latest figures were announced by health CS Mutahi Kagwe in Murang’a when he laid the foundation stone for new facilities at Kigumo Sub-County hospital.

Kagwe said the country was inching closer to full reopening of the economy following a drop in infections due to ongoing mass vaccinations aimed at turning the tide against the virus.

He said the ministry had set a target of vaccinating 5.8 million Kenyans by 20 October to coincide with the 58th Mashujaa day.

“On October 20th, we shall be celebrating our 58th Mashujaa day, and what a better way of celebrating the day other than ensuring were are closer to reopening the economy in full by having as many of us vaccinated. We are working towards marking our 58th Mashujaa day with 5.8 million people vaccinated” he said.

He disclosed that over 98 percent of patients hospitalized are those who have not been vaccinated.

So far 3.3pc of Kenyans are fully vaccinated with a total of 3,627,280 vaccines having being administered across the country.

On Covid-19 situation, only 17 counties have reported new infections with Nairobi leading with 22 followed by Machakos with 7.

 

Seven people have succumbed to the diseases pushing the death toll to 5,109.  437 have recovered with 314 from home based care and 123 have been discharged from various health facilities. 1,126 are hospitalized while 2,586 are under home based isolation and care program.

73 are admitted to ICU, 49 of whom are on ventilatory support and 24 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.

Another 369 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 353 in general wards and 15 in HDU.

Kagwe at the same time hailed the ongoing expansion of hospitals and healthcare centers across the country saying its is geared towards driving equitable and quality healthcare by enabling them to improve on the healthcare they deliver.

He said the government remains committed in its quest to ensure that provision of health services is responsive to the needs of respective communities.

“Our president, HE Uhuru Kenyatta has always attached great importance to the development of public health in Kenya which is why he personally promised to ensure that this hospital has been expanded.” Said the CS Health.

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