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Get ready for a likely 4th wave of COVID-19 says CS Mutahi

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has asked County Governments to improve capacity in health amenities to manage a probable fourth wave.

“We are asking county governments to boost their oxygen capacity, to do piping at their facilities wards. Prepare with a supply of oxygen beyond what we currently have,” urged the Health CS.

According to Kagwe, the country’s oxygen capacity as of now may not hold out the wave following the fact that cases of the Indian variant have been reported within.

“And the Indian variant is more dangerous than the South African variant, or the British variant that we have been dealing with. So we need to be extra careful…,” Kagwe remarked.

At least 28 infections of the Indian variant have been confirmed in the western part of the country, the Nyanza region.

Several counties were undersupplied of oxygen in March and April, resulting in many of them relying on cylinder delivered medical oxygen.

Kenya’s positivity rate as of yesterday was 7.4% according to the Ministry of Health report. New infections were at 431 people from the 5,846 samples tested. The recoveries recorded were 31 while 10 people succumbed.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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