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Vaccines and cases, what's the situation in Kenya

Government committed for 1 million second doses

25-05-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

The Covid-19 situation in Kenya continues to improve, with a drop in the percentage of positives compared to the number of swabs taken, but above all a drop in serious cases requiring admission to intensive care units. The Indian variant, after an outbreak earlier this month on a farm in the Lake Victoria area, does not seem to have taken root in the country and the restrictive measures applied in Nairobi have helped to avoid further spread of the virus.
The low season with fewer foreigners, both for tourism and business, is another factor in the reduction of infections and more problematic cases.
Now the immediate future of the Ministry of Health is focused on the vaccination campaign.
The first batch of AstraZeneca doses, donated by the international Covax-19 programme, is practically exhausted and the Kenyan Government is looking for ways to become independent to undertake the second distribution, which should therefore initially include booster shots for all vaccinated people and then the purchase of millions of other vaccines to continue with the immunisation of the rest of the population, even if many are reluctant to go to hospitals to do so.
The Ministry is proceeding with the purchase of 150,000 doses of the English vaccine from the Democratic Republic of Congo, while negotiations are continuing with Covax, through the Africa CDC organisation.
There will also be an information campaign and, if necessary, special measures to ensure the safety of those working in sectors crucial to the nation's economy and security, as well as health workers, police and government employees such as teachers. It will be especially necessary to target those working in tourism and hospitality at various levels, those who travel and those who work in contact with foreigners.
In the last 24 hours there have been 111 positive cases, but the low number of swabs is indicative both of requests for examinations (i.e. symptomatic tests) and of the few investigations into relatives and people close to those who have allegedly contracted it. The number of swabs taken in one day was 1,948 and the percentage dropped to 5.7%.  
Meanwhile, 14 deaths have been recorded, many of them from previous counts. Now the total of those who also lost their lives due to Covid-19 rises to 3,073 people.
There are 1,086 patients in various health facilities, while another 4,770 are in isolation and home care.
121 patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), of whom 25 are on ventilatory support and 68 on supplementary oxygen. 28 patients are under observation. Another 86 patients are separately on supplementary oxygen with 79 of them in the general wards and seven in the High Dependency Unit (HDU). To date, a total of 954,515 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 across the country. Of these 289,900 are aged 58 years and above, health workers 164,053, teachers 150,303, security officers 80,718 and others are 269,541.

 

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