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First COVID-19 death listed as county infection hits high of 82

Kajiado Referral Hospital where the first case of COVID-19 death was recorded on June 3
Kajiado Referral Hospital where the first case of COVID-19 death was recorded on June 3
The death comes two days after Kajiado County announced confirmation of 4 more cases on June 2 and 4 others on June 3, making the total number to 82 since the first index case was announced on March 13.

Kajiado has registered its first death caused by Coronavirus infection following the death of one person at the county referral hospital on Wednesday.

A health worker wearing a protective gear prepares to disinfect the matatu in which the first Kenyan Covid-19 patient travelled to Ongata Rongai
A health worker wearing a protective gear prepares to disinfect the matatu in which the first Kenyan Covid-19 patient travelled to Ongata Rongai.

Family members of the diseased disclosed their kin was taken ill on Tuesday with blood pressure-related complications and admitted at Kajiado County Referral Hospital but passed on in the morning of Wednesday.

Ministry of health officials had started fumigating the home of the deceased by 11 am on Thursday as the body the diseased was being awaited as local security agents watched at some distance.

Disclosure

They said the hospital later disclosed their kin had symptoms of Coronavirus.

A senior provincial administrator in Isinya, who chose anonymity, confirmed the man was among the first four index cases in Kitengela and would be buried later on Thursday.

The administrator said family members of the late man would be taken in for quarantine.

“We also have information the diseased had business at the local Kitengela Slaughter House, and this is the reason our tracing team has an uphill task in tracing those he got in conduct with before he was admitted in Kajiado on Tuesday,’ said the administrator.

Kitengela Slaughterhouse

But the chairman of the slaughterhouse, William Kasio yesterday said the late man was no longer transacting business at the facility.

“That was a long time ago before he was employed when he was supplying meat in Kitengela town. After joining the provincial administration, he left,” said Kasio.

The death comes two days after Kajiado County announced confirmation of 4 more cases on June 2 and 4 others on June 3, making the total number to 82 since the first index case was announced on March 13.

Kajiado Health CEC member Esther Somoire on the county Face Book official page on June 3 said the region had registered 82 infections and are broken into Kajiado North (6), South (3), Central (60) and West 1.

Recoveries so far had reached 14, according to Somoire.

Somoire said all the recoveries were managed at the County Referral Hospital Isolation and treatment unit.

“However, it is of great concern that local cases are rising rapidly and our Isolation facilities are filling up to capacity,” said the county health minister.

Evacuation of Truck Drivers

She said: “In the last few weeks we have been able to evacuate truck drivers to Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral, and Research Hospital, but our last three days have been a challenge.”

Somoire, on the official FB page, said the challenge came about because “no case has been evacuated due to the full occupation of spaces in the national referral isolation and treatment facilities.”

She went on: ‘Residents are therefore informed that soon, we may not have adequate facilities to accommodate the rising cases hence the need to be extra careful to help us control and manage this situation.”

She said there is a clear indication of widespread community transmission in all sub-counties of Kajiado, and that everyone should treat all people they interact with as potential COVID-19 positive cases.

 

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