President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday April 16th, announced ministry of health has conducted 704 tests in the last 24 hours. Out of the tests, 9 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded, pushing the total number of patients past the 225 mark to 234. In the update, the head of state stated that the new patients are both Kenyans and foreign nationals aged between 2-69 years.
During his address to the nation from Statehouse the president has noted that 53 patients have recovered from Covid19 after successful treatment.
Almost 11 persons have lost their lives and 156 are still in isolation
The first patient to die last month was a businessman from Trans-Nzoia County. Morris Namiinda, 66, had a per-existing condition – diabetes.
Uhuru confirmed that the comprehensive measures taken by his government including travel restrictions, social distancing, and sanitation measures have been impactful. However
The head of state urged Kenyans to join hands to combat the Covid19 spread and to join hands in mass testing. He also noted that the country’s ability to scale up mass testing.
The president noted students of Kenyatta University for their innovative ventilator prototype calling upon Kenyans to applaud them. He also applauded local industries for structured efforts to help fight the pandemic in Kenya.
The president directed the ministry of public service and Ministry of health to implement a welfare package for health workers at the fore front of fighting the pandemic.
Sh 5B has been added to the county kitty for all counties to supplement the savings held by the counties to help the most vulnerable and the health work, disbursement of Sh8.5bn for the elderly, and Sh500m for people with special needs.
The head of state directed that County Governments get 3 month waiver from KEMSA for PPEs