Behaving Normally For Kenyans Is The Flow…Delta Variant Surge.
Kenyans disregard protocols as Delta variant drives Covid surge.
Counties are now beginning to experience a surge in COVID-19 infections as Kenya’s coronavirus positivity rate remained above 10pc this week.
Mombasa, Kiambu, and Makueni Counties are reporting overwhelmed healthcare systems as the number of hospital admissions continues to rise, a situation exasperated by the highly contagious Delta variant sweeping across the country.
Health experts are now warning Kenyans to brace themselves for a new spike unless they strictly adhere to Ministry of Health protocols which they are disregarding despite the government’s warning of a fourth deadly wave.
In Kiambu County, one family from Gikambura village, Kikuyu lost three members in nine days to the disease. The village is reeling from community transmission after 12 more people succumbed in a span of two weeks.
In Makueni, officials have raised the alarm over a surge of infections with the County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed warning action against residents found flouting COVID-19 rules.
Homecare discouraged in Mombasa
In Mombasa, cases have doubled in the month of July compared to the month of June, according to a report by the Mombasa Covid-19 response committee.
Mombasa Public Health Chief Officer Pauline Odinga said that for the past couple of weeks, the county has witnessed a surge in the number of infections which she attributed to a lot of laxity in following Covid-19 protocols set by the Ministry of Health.
Medical experts in the committee have discouraged home-based care for critical patients saying it’s among the factors that have highly contributed to the increase of infections.
Chief Executive Officer at Coast General Teaching and Referral hospital Dr. Iqbal Khanduala has urged all Covid-19 patients to go to hospitals and get assured medical care saying they have enough oxygen in stock.
“We are yet to receive oxygen from the national government through KEMSA. However, the facility has enough backup liquid oxygen for all emergency cases,” he said.