Westlands takes lion share of 171 Covid-19 cases recorded in Nairobi

Health CAS Dr. Mwangangi. Image|Courtesy

The number of Coronavirus cases recorded in Westlands area of Nairobi in the last 24 hours has surpassed other spots in the county.

This comes a day after the ministry of health mention the areas of Westlands, Kilimani and Kawangwre as risk spots for the virus spread.

Out of the 171 Nairobi cases Westlands had 34 cases, Langata 28, Dagoretti North 17, Makadara 16, Kibra 11, Embakasi East 10, Kasarani 9, Embakasi South 8, Kamukunji 8, Starehe 6, Embakasi West 5, Dagoretti South 5, Embakasi Central 4, Roysambu 4, Mathare 3, Ruaraka 2 and Embakasi North 1.

278 people testing positive for Covid-19 out of 4,074 samples in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 5,811.

So far, the ministry has tested a total of 162, 478 samples since March.

In terms of county distribution, Nairobi is leading with 171 cases, followed by Mombasa with 37 Nakuru 17, Kiambu 12, Busia 10, Uasin Gishu 9, Kajiado 4, Migori 3, Kericho 2, Machakos 2, Nandi 2, Trans Nzoia 2, Siaya (1), Taita Taveta (1), Kwale(1), Kisumu (1), Makueni (1) Meru (1) and Vihiga (1)

In Mombasa, the cases are in Mvita 14, Nyali (6), Kisauni (5), Jomvu (5), Likoni, (5) and Changamwe (2).

The Nakuru cases comes from Nakuru East (8), Naivasha (6), Nakuru North (2) and Nakuru West (1).

Meanwhile, COVID-19 death-toll has risen to 141 after four more patients succumb, with the ministry discharging 31 patients, which brings total recoveries to 1,936.

Breastfeeding, infants and Covid-19

Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi has warned of increase in the number of infections in the coming months, urging Kenyans to continue adhering to the set guidelines to put the virus at bay.

“We have noted with a lot of concern the COVID-19 infections arising due to cross infection in healthcare facilities. We appeal to all hospitals (private and public) to put in place measures that reduce the possibilities of cross-infection,” said CAS Mwangangi.

Dr. Mwangangi called on breastfeeding mothers to maintain high level of hygiene, especially those still going to work, and observe all set guidelines to put the virus at bay.

“We encourage mothers to continue breastfeeding their infants as breastfeeding has not been identified as a source of COVID-19 infection from mother to child. However, we still need to sanitize surfaces at home and observe the other guidelines,” she said.

Responding on Covid-19 outbreak at Shalom hospital Nairobi, Heath Director Dr. Francis Kuria said that the hospital is not closed but operates under watch with no inpatient and outpatient allowed until the cause is established.

“Shalom hospital is not closed. It is still operational with 125 patients in there. We are carrying out testing in there to know the extent of spread of the disease…No inpatients or outpatients are being taken in until it is established what is going on,” said Dr. Kuria.

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