Covid-19: Government to employ five thousand health workers to help combat Covid-19

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By Francis Kaivilu

8th April, 2020

Kenya has recorded 7 more new Coronavirus cases within the last 24 hours.

During a press briefing on covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi has confirmed that all the 7 are Kenyans and that 4 of them had a travel history.

This has raised the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country to 179.

According to Dr. Mwangangi the seven new Covid-19 patients are from the following counties:

• Nairobi – 5
• Mombasa – 1
• Uasin Gishu – 1

Total: 7

Mwangangi has confirmed that among the 7, 4 are females and 3 are males. She has also said that the 7 have been moved to various isolation centres within the country and that contact tracing is ongoing. She has also confirmed that two more Covid-19 patients have been discharged.

Mwangangi has said that the government will employ five thousand health workers as a way of combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Health CAS has applauded various sectors for their dedication in fighting the pandemic. She has appreciated the media fraternity for disseminating timely information on the pandemic to the public.
She has also congratulated all the volunteers all over the country who have sacrificed to sensitize the public on Covid-19.
On the other hand, she has lauded the entrepreneurs who have been making face masks to fight this disease. Dr. Mwangangi has noted the efforts by cooperates in the war against the Coronavirus.

She has pleaded to anybody in possession of an oxygen cylinder(s) which they are not using to take them to the ministry of Health to assist the Covid-19 patients.

During the briefing, Mwangangi has urged Kenyans to come together to fight this menace pointing that it isn’t a one man’s show.

She has directed that all barber and Salon shops operators must wear face masks and should have sanitizers. Mwangangi has added that all the latter’s clients must maintain social distance as directed earlier by the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

The administrative secretary has hailed all health workers countrywide for their excellent job in testing and treating the Covid-19 patients.

She has given the following age breakdown for the 179 Covid-19 patients:

• 15 years and below – 3
• 15 – 29 years – 49
• 30 – 59 years – 114
• Above 60 years – 13

TOTAL: 179

Dr. Mercy Mwangangi has sadly said that according to the above breakdown, the most affected people are the highly productive urging Kenyans to be careful.




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