Focus on Hypertension as Covid-19 Cases Rise to 6,941

  • Health CAS Rashid Aman addressing a presser at Afya House on Monday May 11, 2020.
    Health CAS Rashid Aman addressing a presser at Afya House on Monday, May 11, 2020.
  • The Ministry of Health on Thursday, July 2, confirmed 268 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, bringing the country's total caseload to 6,941.

    The new cases were recorded from 2,704 samples tested in 24 hours, with the total samples tested in the country standing at 176,659
     
    Of the new cases, 259 are Kenyans while nine are foreigners. 160 of the positive cases are males while 108 are female. The ages of the new cases range from a one-year-old to 80 years.

    It was announced that 20 patients had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,109.

    Medics conducting random screening for Covid-19 symptoms at National Archives, Nairobi on Saturday, March 21, 2020
    Medics conducting random screening for Covid-19 symptoms at National Archives, Nairobi on Saturday, March 21, 2020
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    The death toll from Covid-19 in Kenya rose to 152 after three more fatalities were confirmed.

    Nairobi County led with 175 cases followed by Mombasa, 28, Busia, 18, Kiambu, 11, Kajiado, 9, Migori, 9, Uasin Gishu, 8, Machakos, 6, Narok, 2, Makueni,1, and Muranga, 1.

    In Nairobi, Dagoretti North led with 34 cases followed by Kibra 29, Ruaraka, 24, Langata 21, Embakasi East 12, Westlands 11, Makadara 10, Starehe 7, and Kasarani 6. 

    Embakasi South and Embakasi West recorded five cases each while Embakasi Central had 3, Embakasi North 2, Kamukunji 2, Mathare 2, and Roysambu 2.

    Mombasa cases were recorded in; Kisauni 12, Mvita 6, Jomvu 4, Nyali, 3, Changamwe 2, and Likoni 1.

    In Busia, the 18 cases originated from; Teso South 12, Teso North 5, and Matayos 1, while in Kiambu, the cases were from Kiambu Town 7, Ruiru 2, Juja and Thika, 1 case each.

    Health CAS Rashid Aman noted that most patients who had succumbed to Covid-19 had underlying illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. In Kenya, six million live with hypertension representing 24% of the population.

    "It is estimated that 1.13 billion people live with this condition worldwide representing 31% of the adult population. 

    "In Kenya, about 6.1 million adults live with hypertension representing 24% of the adult population. The Kenya Health Information System January to March 2020 data from 21 reporting counties on hypertension indicate that a total of 67,465 hypertensive patients were seen and reported.," he stated.

    He noted that the government had put up measures to ensure non-communicable disease clinics remained open during the pandemic.

    He also urged patients to show up in hospitals for tests and observe a balanced diet to stay healthy urging them to consume most vegetables, a good portion of cereals, and plenty of proteins.

    "Restrict the amount of sugar, salt, alcohol, saturated fats and fattened meats. Avoid sugar-flavoured drinks," he added.

    CAS Aman could not confirm at the time of the press briefing whether 15 positive cases reported by the County Government of Mombasa Health CEC were part of the 268.

    The 15 were part of 83 quarantined students who had been evacuated from Sudan on Sunday. They were quarantined in Mombasa where their tests were taken.