Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe has addressed contact tracing concerns among Kenyans as COVID cases continue to storm upwards.
In the daily presser, yesterday, Mutahi Kagwe said that contact tracing was not practical in widespread community infections such as was the case in Nairobi.
More effective after containing the virus
“Contact tracing is more effective when a country or a region is experiencing a slow rate of transmission, and when relevantly, the virus is contained.”
He said that contact tracing was the reason they were able to contain widespread infections of COVID-19 in Mandera.
“In the initial stages, when our nationwide infections were low, contact tracing was achievable. Indeed, it is how we were able to contain the spread in areas such as Mandera.” Kagwe said.
However, he said that the circumstances were changing, with the virus’s aggressive spread makes contact tracing a challenge. Kagwe added that the Ministry was constantly reviewing health guidelines protocols as the disease evolves.
He said that the daily figures were not a reflection of the transmission of the disease in Kenya. The figures represented the positive cases in the samples done, not the infection countrywide.
“There are probably a lot more people in our communities infected by the novel coronavirus. You save me, I save you. I save you, you save me.” CS Kagwe said.
Reduces cases in coastal areas
The CS noted that coastal areas, Mombasa and Kilifi, are the only areas seeing a reduction in cases. However, he urged for caution even as the cases reduced.
“This does not mean that people are not contracting the virus (in the said areas), it just means that the number of people contracting it is much lower than before.”
Kagwe also said that people travelling into the country’s international flights resumed would have to put up with any inconveniences as they implemented new normal in health protocols.