Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe has urged men to take precaution as COVID cases in Kenya has crossed 25,000.
Confirming today’s cases, Kagwe stated that 727 more people tested positive for the virus.
That raised the national tally for the virus to 25,138. Men outnumbered women almost four times over. 539 of today’s cases were men, compared to 188 women.
Samples, deaths and recoveries
The sample size today was 6,814, giving a positive return percentage of 11%. The total number of samples in Kenya now stands 342,132.
Furthermore, fourteen more people succumbed to the virus, taking the national tally beyond 400. The figures now stand at 413.
But there was better news, with Kagwe confirming 674 new recoveries, the highest recovery figures yet. That raised the national recovery figures to 11,118. That represents a recovery rate of 44%.
Macho, but not seeing the bigger picture
Speaking in Kisii, Mutahi Kagwe called out men, asking them to take more proactive measures in protecting themselves. He warned that many risked deaths if they continued to be macho.
“We must ask ourselves as men…what is going on? I think women are just being more careful. Men, utakufa na hiyo ukali yako. Hiyo ufelo yako hakuna mahali itakupeleka. This is a virus, it knows no machoness,” the agitated CS warned.
He stated that men were reckless as they went about their business. It was in a bid to prove ‘ungwana’, he said.
“You will die. This is not something that you can get a gun and fire at.”
The CS also stated that they were looking to put up a COVID-19 testing facility in Kisii, and another one possibly in Kakamega.
Mutahi Kagwe promised to ensure that every fund meant for vulnerable people are properly spent on the core matter.
The promise comes as Kenyans question the use of billions set aside to fight COVID-19. Kenya’s dailies have been running news of how the COVID-19 billions may have ended up in private pockets.