The Ministry of Health has praised Kwale for its high level of preparedness to fight COVID-19.
Speaking at the daily presser, CAS Mercy Mwangangi, who was in Kwale, heaped praise on Kwale governor Salim Mvurya for the county government’s response.
Kwale County was one of the counties to be hit hard in the disease early days in Kenya.
County surpasses isolation bed minimum
And that experience with the deadly disease may have shaped Mvurya’s view on the illness, as the county now has 424 isolation beds.
This is 124 more than the government minimum of 300 isolation beds. 84 of these beds are in Msambweni COVID-19 Hospital.
In addition, Kwale also has 10 ICU beds and 13 ventilators for patients in need of critical care.
Reduced infections, no mortality
Furthermore, Kwale has also seen a reduction in the number of infections, as well as hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
Indeed, Kwale is one of the counties that, alongside Mombasa, Nairobi and Mandera, has been put under lockdown. This was due to surging cases.
However, the numbers have since been tailing off drastically. From 1,598 samples, the county reported 139 cases. Of these, 130 have fully recovered, with the remaining nine in Home-Based care.
Dr Mercy Mwangangi said that they would continue working with county governments to improve their level of preparation.
“As a Government, our focus has been to upgrade the level of readiness in all our healthcare facilities, and we have been working very closely with County governments towards this goal.” She said.
The level of preparedness in counties is critical since the government has lifted the movement restrictions in hotspots like Kwale, Nairobi and Mombasa. Thus, there is an anticipation of a flux of movement out of the cities into the villages.
So far, the country has reported 9,726 cases, after 278 more people tested positive yesterday. Deaths have hit 184 after three more succumbed. The number of recoveries, meanwhile, has risen to 2,832, after 99 more people recovered.