In Kenya We are in the third wave of this virus, and it‘s a wave that threatens to erase all the gains we have made as a country in fighting the pandemic over the last one year.
The numbers of those being admitted into our health facilities with the virus has been rising at an alarming rate. 114 patients had been admitted to our Intensive Care Units (ICU).
That number has shot up to 123. Many of these are on supplementary oxygen. A total of 148 are being supported with supplemental and supplementary oxygen. 17 others have been moved to the High Dependency Unit (HDU).
28 patients have lost their lives to this disease, an increase of 11 from the number given when we had 17 deaths. The number is not just the highest this year but is also the highest we have recorded since the virus was first reported in Kenya.
The number of those being admitted to hospital has also shot up, and 830 are admitted in various health facilities while 2,332 are on home based Isolation and care.
The rising cases is an indication that we have lowered our guard and majority of us have thrown all caution to the window.
It is time to return to the basics, by strictly adhering to the containment measures
This includes washing our hands with soap and water, wearing of face masks at all times in public places, maintaning of social and physical distance, and avoiding all forms of gatherings be they social or political.
At beginning of this year, we had seen a drop in the number of counties reporting cases, and even then, the cases were low. On January the 20th for instance, only 17 counties reported positive cases, that number has more than doubled to 38.( This is according to the goverment report) Ref:https://www.africanews.com/2021/03/20/coronavirus-kenya-covid-19-update-19-march-2021//
Many of those contracting the virus are not getting it from outsiders but rather from members of their communities. The implication here is that Covid-19 is now well in our communities, and we need to be more careful how we go about our day to day affairs in our own communities.
Community Focus Group requires Finacial support to carry out our project and to educate our communities on Covid-19 Resilience