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FACT: COVID-19 fatality rate increases with age

In Nakuru County, Governor Lee Kinyanjui has authorized the Department of Health Services to monitor and offer early interventions to reduce mortality in elderly people.

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A total of 1,085 people aged 60 years and above have succumbed to COVID-19 complications since the pandemic was first reported in Kenya in March last year.

As of Wednesday, April 07, 2021, the total confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in the country stood at 141,365 from the cumulative 1,530,736 tests conducted.

The latest data from the Ministry of Health also shows that 517 people aged 50-59 years, 317 aged 40-49 years, 203 aged 30-39 years have died.

The data further highlights that only 92 people aged 20-29 years, 17 aged 10-19 years and 45 aged 0-9 years have died, raising questions if young people can better beat COVID-19 than adults.

Previous studies have reported that older patients may experience worse outcome(s) after infection with severe COVID-19 than younger individuals.

According to the Center for Disease Control, factors such as underlying medical conditions and low immunity, occasioned by age advancement, can increase the risk for severe illness.

Kenya started to vaccinate citizens who are 58 years and above against the COVID-19 in mid-March, in a change of strategy to reach as many vulnerable people as possible.

In Nakuru County, Governor Lee Kinyanjui has authorized the Department of Health Services to monitor and offer early interventions to reduce mortality in elderly people.

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US affirms red alert on Kenya over high COVID-19 cases

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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The US Embassy in Kenya at Gigiri, Nairobi.

The United States of America has reiterated its travel advisory against Kenya issued on April 20 over the surge in COVID-19 cases, days after President Uhuru Kenyatta eased COVID-19 containment measures imposed last month.

The President in his Labor Day address lifted the ban on the movement by road, air, and rail into and out of the five counties; Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru.

He also allowed for the reopening of bars, restaurants and religious services. Also, schools will be allowed to reopen in line with the Ministry of Education calendar.

And now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

The US Embassy in Kenya says it is unable to secure a bed or other medical care for USA citizens at private or public hospitals, nor can it provide medical care for private citizens.

“If you must travel to Kenya at this time, you should have travel insurance that includes coverage for an air ambulance evacuation in the event you have symptomatic COVID-19,” the US Embassy in Kenya advised.

The Embassy further advised its citizens that they cannot travel on a commercial airline out of Kenya if they are acutely ill with COVID-19 and advised them to maintain strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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Nakuru to upgrade medical Oxygen production capacity

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Hewa Tele oxygen plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital. Photo/Simon Mutai

The County Government of Nakuru is upgrading its medical oxygen manufacturing plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital to meet the high demand occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said in the past the County had enough supply but a deficit arose with more COVID-19 patients requiring emergency oxygen in large quantities and over time.

The Governor revealed that the County had made a conscious decision to upgrade its medical Oxygen production capacity and from next week would be advertising for the upgrade bids.

“We want to produce 2,000 tonnes of medical oxygen per day. This is not just for now but also for years to come as part of our emergency planning,” he stated in an interview.

The current plant produces 1,200 tonnes of medical oxygen per day and supplies to all public and private hospitals in Nakuru and at least five neighbouring Counties.

He stated that the current COVID-19 situation in India, one of the worlds top leader in quality healthcare services, has taught humanity that no one can claim to be adequately prepared for medical emergencies.

He added that his administration was also increasing Intensive Care Unit and staff capabilities to enable the County to deal with such eventualities now and in the future.

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Nakuru rich spreading COVID-19, says DCC Wanyonyi

Governor Lee Kinyanjui asked residents to do anything within their power to ensure they don’t contract COVID-19 or infect others.

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Senior government officers are to blame for the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in Nakuru Town East sub-County.

Area Deputy County Commissioner, Eric Wanyonyi, said the group was flouting COVID-19 protocols by jamming social places.

“The local mwananchi is not there. In most cases when we chase people around, only people with big cars are there,” he stated.

He warned that the tendency had made the COVID-19 pandemic be christened as a disease of big or senior people.

The administrator was speaking yesterday at Afraha Stadium during a groundbreaking ceremony to upgrade the facility.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui asked residents to do anything within their power to ensure they don’t contract COVID-19 or infect others.

“In the last two weeks, we have seen a remarkable change in behaviour in terms of anti-COVID-19 compliance,” he stated.

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