Fighting COVID19:Over 5 million Kenyans vaccinated against  Covid-19

Fighting COVID19:Over 5 million Kenyans vaccinated against Covid-19

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,26TH OCT,2021-The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country have finally surpassed the 5 million mark after the Ministry of Health announced that a further 85,460 Kenyans had received the jab.

According to the latest figures, a total of 5,029,901 vaccines have so far been administered across the country as of October 25th.

Of these, 3,545,060 were partially vaccinated while those fully vaccinated were 1,484,841.

“The uptake of the second dose among those who received their first dose was at 39.8pc.  The proportion of adults fully vaccinated was 5.4pc. The Government is working towards vaccinating a targeted population of 27,246,033” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

The government last month launched an ambitious campaign to vaccinate over 5.8 million people by October 20th but missed the mid target.

Nairobi county still ranks top with 16.8 pc of the targeted population having been fully vaccinated followed by Nyeri County 14.7pc, Kiambu 8.6pc and Uasin Gishu 7.7pc.

Others are Nyandarua  7.4pc, Kisumu 6.9pc, Mombasa 6.5pc, while West Pokot, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, and Marsabit are the least counties with less than 1pc of the population fully vaccinated.

On the Covid-19 situation, there was a rise in positivity rate which stands at 2.1pc from 1.2 pc after 151 people tested positive for the disease, from a sample size of 7,224 tested in the last 24 hours.

Of the cases 141 are Kenyans while 10 are foreigners; 84 males while 67 are females. The youngest is a one-year-old child while the oldest is 113 years.

This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 252,839 from 2,682,247 cumulative tests conducted since March last year when the pandemic struck the country.

In terms of County distribution; Nairobi has  30 cases, Bomet 18, Meru 17, Makueni 13, Nakuru 9, Kericho 8, Bungoma 7, Kisii 5, Kajiado 5, Kisumu 4, Mombasa 4, Narok 4, Kakamega 3, Nyeri 3, West Pokot 3, Uasin Gishu 3, Kiambu 3, Marsabit 2, Nyandarua 2, Garissa 2, Elgeyo Marakwet 1, Laikipia 1, Vihiga 1, Machakos 1, Murang’a 1 and Migori 1.

Unfortunately, 3 patients have succumbed, all of them being late deaths reported after conducting facility record audits in the months of July and October 2021.

“This now pushes the cumulative deaths to 5,263. Our sincere condolences to the families and those that have lost their loved ones” said Kagwe adding that 35 patients have recovered “Total recoveries now stand at 246,390 of whom 199,044 are from the Home-Based Care and Isolation program, while 47,346 are from various health facilities countrywide”.

The number of hospitalizations dropped to 488 while 1,308 patients are under the Home-Based Isolation and Care program.

27 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 13 of whom are on ventilatory support and 14 on supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.

Another 157 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 149 of them in the general wards. 8 patients are in the High Dependency Units (HDU).

 

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