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Coronavirus Moves to Lamu from Elgeyo Marakwet

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Lamu emerged as the 37th county to contract the Coronavirus as two people tested positive for the virus.

The virus crept into Lamu, 24 days after Elgeyo Marakwet which was had been the last county to have contracted the COVID-19.

At the same time, the Health Cabinet Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman on June 29th, 2020, announced 120 new cases of COVID-19 in Kenya bringing the total to 6,190.

The patients are from a sample size of 2,221 that was tested in the last 24 hours.

“The bulk is still Nairobi and Mombasa and Busia is third due to the border points. It’s only a matter of time before all counties report cases,” he said on Monday.

According to Dr. Aman, 115 of the new positive cases are Kenyans while five are foreigners.

Dr Aman said 42 patients had been discharged after recovering from the virus, raising recoveries in the country so far to 2,013.

And there was one more fatality, raising deaths so far to 144.

Nairobi has 67 cases, Mombasa 17, Kajiado 9, Machakos 9, Kiambu 8, Uasin Gishu 6, Nakuru 2 and Narok 2.

They are 84 males and 36 females.

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Kenya Hits 6000 COVID-19 Cases Mark

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Kenya reached the 6000 mark after 259 cases positive cases of the novel coronavirus were realized in the country on June 28th, 2020.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, addressing the press at Afya House during the daily COVID-19 briefings on Sunday, said the new cases were reported from 2,718 samples were tested in the country within the last 24 hours taking the total number of infections to 6,070.

.The 259 patients include 256 Kenyans and three foreign nationals composed of 159 males and 100 females with the oldest being 92 years old and youngest being eight months.

The case distribution according to counties is: Nairobi (127), Mombasa (39), Kiambu (22), Machakos (16), Busia (11), Makueni (9), Nakuru (9), Uasin Gishu (9), Kilifi (5), Kajiado (3), Kisumu (2), Lamu (2), Garissa (2), Marsabit (2), Kwale (1).

The 127 cases in the Nairobi Metropolitan area were recorded in such areas as: Westlands (31), Dagoretti North (22), Makadara (12), Embakasi East (11), Lang’ata (11).

Mombasa’s infections were confirmed in Likoni (13), Mvita (8), Changamwe (7), Jomvu (6), Nyali (4).

Dr. Mwangangi also said 35 patients were discharged from various health centers countrywide, hence the tally of recoveries now stands at 1,971.

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Shalom Hospital Closed over COVID-19 Fears

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A hospital in Machakos County has been temporarily closed following COVID-19 infections at the health facility.

Shalom Hospital in Athi River, an unknown number of patients are said to have died at the facility having contracted COVID-19.

A health worker also tested positive as people booked as inpatients at the hospital also tested positive for COVID-19 amid concerns that they may have contracted the virus while at the hospital.

The hospital will now act as a quarantine facility pending screening of all hospitalized patients who will now be placed under mandatory isolation.

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 said the decision to close the facility on Friday night was arrived at after consultations with Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council and the Director General of Health.

An unknown number of patients are said to have died at the facility having contracted COVID-19.

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Equity Releases COVID-19 ‘Frontline Soldiers’ Weapons

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Equity Group MD and CEO and Chair Health Committee, Kenya Covid-19 Fund Dr James Mwangi (centre) flags off the first consignment of locally manufactured Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) valued at Kshs 237Million

Equity Center, Nairobi – June 25, 2020: The Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board flagged off the first consignment of the Equity Group Foundation (EGF) locally manufactured Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to public hospitals in Kenya.

The consignment comprises of Goggles, face shields, surgical gowns, nitrile gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, head covers, gumboots, medical scrubs and shoe covers that will be distributed to public hospitals ) valued at Kshs 237Million.

The Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board through its Health and Procurement Committees is coordinating the sourcing, quality assurance and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for frontline health care workers at designated COVID-19 management hospitals.

Mrs. Jane Karuku, the Chairperson of the COVID-19 Fund Board said that the board in collaboration with the Kenya association of Manufacturers (KAM) and EGF had identified an opportunity for local manufacturers to create a regional logistics supply chain for PPEs which could serve Kenya and its neighbors with a consistent supply of high quality medical products.

“With the global supply chain at risk due to the crisis, there is impetus to leverage and develop local manufacturing capacity for PPE production by considering all aspects of the supply chains, in order to meet both immediate needs of the crisis, as well as long-term demand in the foreseeable future,” she stated.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony, Equity Group MD and CEO,Dr James Mwangi, who Chairs the Health Committee of the COVID-19 Fund Board said, “Today we witness the benefit of working together in synergy to protect our health care workers. By coming together to provide PPEs this initiative has allowed for economies of scale, proper identification of the national priorities for PPEs and guarantees efficient and effective coordination while eliminating duplication of efforts in the provision of PPEs for public health care workers in the country.”

The first consignment valued at Kshs. 237, 218,300 includes 100,250 disposable gowns, 550,000 surgical masks, 54,000 N95 respirator masks, 5,400 protective goggles, 1,000,000 nitrile gloves, 5,400 face shields, 54,000 head/hair covers, 45,000 disposable medical scrubs, 45,000 shoe covers, and 1000 gumboots.

The Health Committee has created facility-based liaison committees in each of the 68 (number of participating facilities increased in the latest list from the Ministry of Health (MoH) participating public hospitals across all counties to coordinate the receipt of and ensure the rational use of PPEs as guided by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health protocols, and reporting back on a regular basis to the Health Technical Working Group.

The facility-based committees are comprised of seven persons: a medical doctor who is a member of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) and/or Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), the Kenya Clinical Officers’ Association (KCOA), National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK), Hospitals Stores-in-Charge, Hospital Administrations Representatives, Equity Group Foundation Representative. At least one of these members will be a youth and gender balance observed.

To guarantee timely and secure delivery of the PPEs across the country, the committee has partnered with Fargo Courier, an independent logistics service provider, to provide a consolidated logistics solution with end-to-end visibility, from the receipt of PPEs in warehouses to the execution of last mile delivery to the hospitals, thus ensuring effective controls and complete transparency.

The distribution of locally produced PPEs comes four weeks after EGF announced a Ksh 1.1 Billion (USD $11 Million) investment in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, Equity Bank and the family of Dr. James Mwangi towards the provision of PPEs.

The investment was committed to the the Kenya COVID-19 Fund creating an effective and efficient collaboration between the Ministry of Health, The Kenya COVID-19 Fund and Equity Group Foundation for execution.

Mrs. Karuku reiterated the need for all Kenyans to remember that they are the first line of defense in the fight against COVID-19.

She noted that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), health care workers are the second line of defense.

The most effective measures of combating transmission remain the observance of physical distance, frequent personal and environmental hygiene practices, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth as well as practicing good respiratory hygiene such as wearing a mask and coughing or sneezing into bent elbow.

In a health facility where workers are attending to patients, WHO adds that use of PPEs are only one of the measures for infection prevention and control.

As such, the prudent management of PPE use is warranted alongside other administrative controls and processes within the health facility.

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