Hospitals full, no ICU beds, as Covid-19 spikes to new levels

Hospitals in Kenya’s capital city are full with no intensive care unit (ICU) beds available after as a rapid rise in Covid-19 infections.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the increasing cases are putting a strain on the health facilities as he announced stringent measures to contain the spread.

Top on the list was suspension of all public gatherings including political rallies and putting on hold intergovernmental meetings.

He said worship in places of worship to follow the 1/3 capacity rule of the place of worship and the 1/3 members present should also maintain physical distance of at least one meter.

All eateries and restaurants to strictly adhere to the guidelines given by The Ministry of Health
The national wide curfew that starts at 10pm and ends at 4am including the counties in the lake region remains in force.

He urged employers to allow employees to work from home until further advice unless they’re working in critical/essential areas.

Kagwe said all those who have been vaccinated should to continue adhering to the containment measures as they remain to be at risk of contracting the virus. 

Other Kenyans not vaccinated have also been asked to get vaccinated when the next call for vaccination is made.

Kagwe asked all teachers to present themselves for COVID-19 vaccination.

He said then72 hours burial period to be adhered to which he said was meant to reduce the number of days and people who meet for burial meetings that could increase risk of transmission. He said only 50 people are allowed to attend funerals. 

Kagwe asked Counties to ramp up oxygen plants using pipes instead of tanks adding that 23 counties will receive oxygen plants by end of August. 

He asked Counties to improve their critical care facilities, human resource, testing and avail adequate PPEs in Level 2 and 3 hospitals where more people are presenting themselves. 

Kagwe said the National Emergency Response Committee had requested KEMSA to supply PPEs to counties despite their pending bills status. He advised Kenyans to seek medical attention from qualified health workers and not self medicate.

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