Alarm over test kits shortage as Kenya inches closer to peak

“As Kenya inches closer to the peak of COVID-19 pandemic, a shortage of reagents for testing and contact tracing remain the biggest challenges. With the country just weeks away from the projected 450,000 positive cases, State labs are running on empty.”

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Revealed: Only five counties ready to handle COVID-19 (Kenya)

“An inspection ordered by President Kenyatta ahead of his crisis meeting on the pandemic today has revealed that only five counties, and not 26 as reported by the Council of Governors last week, have set up 300 beds.”

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COVID-19: Alarm over rise in infected medics (Kenya)

“The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has raised concern over the growing number of health workers infected by Covid-19 in the country. KMPDU Acting Secretary General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda said that more than 80 health workers in various hospitals across the country have been infected with the virus, with more than 60 percent of the infections being work-related.”

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Deaths in homes are alarming

“Although Kenya’s death tally has not gone up since reaching 50 on Saturday, what is quite alarming is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement on Saturday that almost 30 percent of the COVID-19 deaths occurred at home.”

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Kenyans to wait longer for production of local ventilators

“This is because the innovators identified to develop some of this critical equipment that helps many critically ill patients to breathe are now facing financial challenges and missing key parts needed to piece together functioning mechanical ventilators.”

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COVID-19: Spotlight on slums as plans to reopen underway

“But of great concern is the fact that the confirmed cases have been mostly from the informal settlements, with Kibera, Dandora, Kawangware, Kayole, Mathare and Eastleigh under the spotlight.”

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Bid to start reopening country as experts urge caution (Kenya)

“The dusk-to-dawn curfew and containment measures put in place by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 could soon be lifted once President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plan to reopen the country is actualised. The Nation has learnt that following the President’s directive, committees charged with various aspects of the pandemic response started meeting on Sunday to come up with plans for reopening the country’s economic and social sectors.”

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‘Adopt a Family’ push giving food and smiles to the needy

“She is one of the people in Kibera receiving help through an initiative called Adopt a Family, launched last month by several well-off individuals to help the poor in this informal settlement, who are among the thousands of Kenyans that have been left without a source of livelihood since March when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the country.”

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COVID-19 test could soon be ticket to admission at public hospitals (Kenya)

“You may soon be required to undergo a COVID-19 test to secure a bed in a public hospital, the government announced on Monday as the number of cases shot to 700. Health Director-General Patrick Amoth said patients seeking admission will be required to undergo COVID-19 test to avoid putting the lives of health workers at risk.”

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Bill seeks hiring of community health workers (Kenya)

“Counties will be compelled to recruit community health workers, pay them allowances and provide necessary protective gear if senators pass a bill currently before the House. The Community Health Services Bill sponsored by nominated Senator Agnes Zani will provide a legal regime for recognition of community health services and their regulation.”

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