Kenya has recorded 83 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours as the country’s total caseload rises to 35,103.
A statement signed by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday, September 6, indicated that 3,093 samples had been tested in the same period bringing the cumulative tests to 474,477.
Sadly, 3 more people succumbed to the virus in bringing the total fatality so far to 597.
From the cases, 77 are Kenyans while 6 are foreigners. In terms of gender, 58 are males and 25 females. The youngest is a one-year-old child, while the oldest is 85.
An additional 72 patients have recovered, 39 from the home-based care program with 33 having been discharged from various hospitals around the county. The total recoveries now stand at 21,230.
The distribution of cases by counties is as follows: Nairobi 27, Busia 15, Kisumu 12, Nakuru 7, Machakos 7, Kiambu 5, Laikipia 3, Kisii 3, Kirinyaga 1, Mombasa 1, Nyandarua 1 and Uasin Gishu 1.
In terms of sub County distribution across the Kenyan capital, the 27 cases were detailed as follows; Lang’ata 5, Westlands 4, Dagoretti North, Embakasi West and Kamukunji 3 cases each, Roysambu 2, Dagoretti South, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Embakasi South, Kasarani, Makadara and Ruaraka with 1 case each.
On August 28, Health CAS Rashid Aman revealed that the pandemic poses a severe risk to the nutritional status & survival of vulnerable population groups such as young children, pregnant & lactating women, persons with underlying medical conditions, people living with disabilities & the elderly.
“Children under 5 years of age; 25% suffer stunting, 4% wasting, & 11% are underweight. About 45% of deaths among children of this age group are associated with under-nutrition,” he stated.
To combat the threat of under-nutrition the Health CAS revealed that micro-nutrient supplementation of Iron/folic acid for pregnant women, & vitamin A for children under 5, are provided for free in public health facilities.
He further urged Kenyans to exercise the ministry’s directive to combat the spread of the virus.