How Covid-19 Patients in Kenya Are Treated- DG Amoth

  • An image of Acting Ministry of Health Director-General Patrick Amoth taking notes at a past meeting.
    Acting Ministry of Health Director-General Patrick Amoth taking notes at a past meeting.
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  • Acting Ministry of Health Director-General Patrick Amoth has revealed that positive Covid-19 patients are tended to using supportive treatment.

    Supportive treatment is given to prevent, control, or relieve complications and side effects and to improve the patient's comfort and quality of life.

    In the Ministry of Health's daily press briefing, Amoth revealed how Covid-19 patients are being treated, "The treatment we offer as clinicians is basically supportive treatment. 

    "Supportive means we respond to the symptoms that you exhibit as we take care of you, like if you have a fever they give you something to bring down your fever.

     Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna (left), Acting Ministry of Health Director-General Patrick Amoth (centre) and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (right) during a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Nairobi on March 30, 2020.
    Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna (left), Acting Ministry of Health Director-General Patrick Amoth (centre) and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe (right) during a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Nairobi on March 30, 2020.
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    "If you are coughing we give you something to suppress the cough however there are very many trials that are being undertaken as we speak.

    The DG revealed the two most common medications for the virus, "The most quoted is the use of hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic called azithromycin which is locally available, so all these medicines are at our disposal to be able to deploy to cases which require them.

    "For example, the patient that is currently admitted in ICU at Aga Khan is actually on chloroquine and azithromycin and is making good progress.

    "But because this is just a single statistic we cannot say that chloroquine and azithromycin works for Covid-19.

    "We require a bigger sample size so that it can be statistically significant for us to say this treatment works for Covid-19 and this one does not work."

    Kenya has at the moment banned the over-the-counter sale of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine without valid prescription.

    This follows after Kenyans rushed to chemists to buy the drug in order to self diagnose against the Coronavirus.

    On Wednesday April 1, the government announced that two patients had healed from the virus and have been discharged to go home. 

    Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
    Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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