Curve not yet flattened, warns Mwangangi

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 00:00 |
Dr Mercy Mwangangi briefs the press, yesterday. Photo/PD/JOHN OCHIENG

The Ministry of Health has cautioned Kenyans that the Covid-19 curve is yet flatten.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Mercy Mwangangi has urged Kenyans to continue adhering to the containment measures put in place. 

She was speaking yesterday even as 10 people succumbed to disease. CAS said when studying epidemiological pattern of a disease, it goes beyond numbers and that several other parameters are analysed to help build up a picture on status of Covid-19.

Seven out of the 10 cases did not have any underlying medical conditions, with the total number of fatalities now standing at 634.

“The positivity rate is essentially telling us how many turned positive out of those tested. That is one mark up and we have numerous others we have undertaken,” she said.  

Ministry of Health has also taken blood samples from people who have recovered, which have been used to check prevalence rate and all these statistical points build in to state the progress, seven months on. 

Mwangangi warned that the country can easily roll back on gains made so far if misleading information is out in the public.

Director of Public Health, Dr Francis Kuria, weighed in on the matter saying much as there has been good progress; the ministry has never misled Kenyans on the status of Covid-19. 

“I do not think anyone from this podium has misled Kenyans. The message has been the same, the curve is not flat. What we are seeing is reporting fewer numbers,” uttered Kuria.

He explained that MoH has been categorical that testing is on an all time low because of the challenge in global supply chain with testing kits.

Some 96 more people tested positive yesterday, with the total tally now standing at 36,301.

Another 121 patients recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 23,364. 

CAS and Dr Kuria dismissed reports that the country is on the second wave of the pandemic due to the high number of deaths reported lately.

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