Kenya to vaccinate 5.8 million by October 20 as Covid positivity rate hits new low


Kenya’s Covid-19 positivity rate hit a new high of 2.2 pc on Monday after 54 people tested positive in the past 24 hours out of a sample of 2,501.

Those who contracted the virus are all Kenyans except for two foreigners, 30 women against 24 men. The youngest is 2 years old while the oldest is 93 years old.

The total number of cases stands at 248,515 out of 2,537,382 tests carried out since March last year, when the country confirmed its first case.

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

Kagwe said the country is moving closer to fully reopening 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 October 20 to coincide with the 58e Mashujaa day.

“October 20e, we will celebrate our 58e Mashujaa Day, and what better way to celebrate the day than to make sure we’re closer to fully reopening the economy by getting so many of us vaccinated. We are working to mark our 58e Mashujaa day with 5.8 million people vaccinated, ”he said.

It found that more than 98 percent of hospital patients are those who have not been vaccinated.

So far, 3.3% of Kenyans are fully immunized, with a total of 3,627,280 vaccines administered across the country.

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

Seven people died of the diseases, bringing the death toll to 5,109. 437 recovered, including 314 after home care and 123 discharged from various health facilities. 1,126 are hospitalized while 2,586 are under an isolation and home care program.

73 are admitted to intensive care, of which 49 are under ventilatory assistance and 24 under supplemental oxygen. No patient is under observation.

369 other patients receive supplemental oxygen separately, including 353 in general services and 15 in HDU.

Kagwe at the same time praised the continued expansion of hospitals and health centers across the country, saying it aims to foster equitable and quality health care by enabling them to improve the health care that they dispense.

He said the government remains committed to its quest to ensure that the provision of health services meets the needs of the 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 pledged to ensure that this hospital is expanded. Said CS Santé.

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