Bernhards Ogutu, a senior medical scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), stated the 3rd wave has been activated by a marked laxity in adherence to the Covid-19 procedures as the economy opened up.
Dr Ogutu singled out Nairobi as the epicentre of spreading the 3rd wave. Current figures from the Ministry of Health suggest that out of the 47 counties, the capital city leads with cases and positivity rate.
On Wednesday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi stated in the previous nine days, Nairobi has had actually 5,718 cases compared to six other counties leading in numbers, specifically Kiambu (888 ), Nakuru (626 ), Machakos (414 ), Kajiado (199 ), Nyeri (100) and Kericho (58 ).
” Nairobis contribution to this positivity is a shocking 57.7 per cent,” stated Dr Mwangangi.
Ogutu stated Nairobi, being the main driver of the illness in the country, means that transmission will be higher in the country as “there is a lot of traffic that travels through Nairobi, which is a benefit, however when it concerns pandemics, this becomes a huge threat”.
While the third wave has actually acquired traction in Kenya, the situation is no much better in Tanzania, with Uganda faring better after putting in location measures way before the pandemic acquired root.
Ogutu said the federal government, through Kemri, was performing genetic sequencing of the virus to discover if there are any more new variants in the country from other areas or from Kenya.
He stated the South Africa and United Kingdom variations have been found in the nation, but the numbers were low.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka takes his first shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in Nairobi on Wednesday. [Courtesy]
The Ministry of Health has consisted of individuals who are 58 years and above in the ongoing Phase One Covid-19 vaccination.
Chairperson of the Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Task force Willis Akhwale said that bracket “represent 60 per cent of our taped deaths”. He prompted political, religious and neighborhood leaders to take the jab and boost confidence in the overall vaccination procedure.
This change comes as Kenya is facing a 3rd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has stretched the nations health system, especially for critical care services following increased deaths and hospitalisations.
Individuals aged 50 and above were arranged to begin getting the jab in the second phase of the rollout, which was to start in June this year. If contaminated with the virus, this 2nd phase likewise included persons with hidden conditions like diabetics and those with high blood pressure who are also at risk of extreme health problem and death.
In the update by Dr Akhwale, however, there was no reference of individuals with underlying conditions.
Educators, military officers, prison officers, national cops, migration officers and health care workers were selected to be in the very first phase.
How come Kenya is experiencing a 3rd wave and not the neighbouring Uganda?
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