Nairobi identified as epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic

Nairobi city county is leading with COVID 19 infections and as of Monday it had reported a total of 16,196 positive cases.

It is followed by Mombasa with 2,154, Kiambu with 1,964 cases, Kajiado with 1,514 cases, and Machakos with 971.

The Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said on Tuesday that West Pokot is the only county with one case as of yesterday but the situation changed today after Samburu which was the last County to report a case overtook four other Counties with positive cases rising to ten.

Giving the COVID status in the country today the CAS noted that it is evidently clear that Nairobi has now been identified as an epi-center of the pandemic and thus there is an urgent need to address the capacity of health services to handle the increasing numbers.

The CAS explained that according to an assessment carried out by the ministry on functional isolation and ICU beds that are immediately available for COVID-19 patients, Nairobi has a total of 1,180 beds, comprising of 1,104 isolation beds and 76 ICU beds in the 19 facilities so far assessed.

These facilities, she added comprise of Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS), Private and National Government (MOH) owned facilities.

“From this assessment, over 99 percent of the current bed count in Nairobi County, is attributed to beds outside Nairobi Metropolitan Service facilities and this is clear that without the private and National Government Sector, Nairobi would not meet the 300 minimum bed requirement,” she said.