Kenyan doctors back home from Cuba training to battle Covid-19

A total of 48 Kenyan doctors, who were sent for specialized training in Cuba following a bilateral agreement between the two countries in 2018, are back home to help in the fight against the novel Coronavirus.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, April 27, the Chairperson of the Council of Governors’ Health Committee, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o said the 48 medics will, however, finalize their studies in the Kenyan hospitals.

“We are happy to report that the 48 Kenyan doctors that were sent to Cuba for post-graduate studies in family medicine are back in the country and will finalize their studies in our local health facilities across the counties for the next nine months starting this week. As the council, we thank the Ministry of Health for supporting specialized training of the doctors which will go a long way in strengthening our healthcare systems,” said Prof Nyong’o.

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Covid-19 infections continue to rise in counties even in the counties outside the disease-infected zones, which has prompted the Council of Governors to issue a warning, saying that if the situation persists the health system in the country is likely to be overwhelmed.

“Surge in the Covid-19 cases as it is being experienced in other countries, I urge all individuals to take the lockdown seriously and observe preventive measures in place. We are all at risk of contracting the virus including those that have been vaccinated. We must protect each other as nobody is safe until everyone is safe,” The Kisumu Governor warned.

Cumulatively 31 counties there are 6,253 isolation beds, 312 I.C.U beds, and 110 H.D.U beds.

According to the Ministry of Health’s national data, about 1.1 million doses of vaccines have been administered in the country with about 840,000 people receiving the first jab.

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In the last 24 hours, 511 people have tested positive for the virus from a sample of 4020 bringing the country’s case lead to 157,492 positive cases. The country’s positivity rate now at 12.7 percent.

On a sad note, the Ministry of Health has announced 22 new deaths, 18 having occurred on diverse dates in the last month while 4 are the late death reports. The total number of fatalities now stands at 2,665.

A total of 1,365 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities across the country.

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