Pre-existing conditions challenge as Covid-19 cases spike by 137 : The Standard

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Kagwe warns of flouting Covid-19 rules, emphasizes on need to observe safety rules as cases spike by 137.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe (above) has warned of lurking dangers posed by non-communicable diseases which he said could jeopardise the war against Covid-19 if under looked.
Speaking in Othaya, Nyeri County, where he and a host of other leaders commissioned a regional referral hospital, CS Kagwe said the “the national government’s vision on health is healthcare for all”, and such implies covering all the health conditions.
Because of the daunting challenges caused by diseases diabetes, HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure and cancer, Kagwe said the government had embarked on a sensitisation campaign as a preventive approach.

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He painted a gloomy picture of the negative impact of the NCDs. According to him, the non-communicable diseases lead to one in every three deaths. This could translate into over 50 per cent of deaths by 2030.
The CS gave an example with Nyeri County which he said was in the red zone as far as NCDs are concerned in the country.
“Nyeri is one of the high burden counties with NCDs… has also high prevalent cases of cancer,” he said.
In his Sunday afternoon press briefing, Mr Kagwe said that he was involving the Ministry of ICT, under CS Joe Mucheru, who was also in attendance to ensure that technology is integrated into solving healthcare puzzles.
He said: “We want to predicate by using ICT to modernise and fight NCDs in the country…”

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Meanwhile, CS Kagwe said that the country’s coronavirus cases had shot to 3,594 after 137 people tested positive in the 3,167 samples tested in the past 24 hours.
He noted that there was a secret trend creeping back where Kenyans are disregarding the coronavirus safety rules.
To this, he fired a warning as he hilariously pointed out that his colleagues who had joined him at the press conference were likewise not following the social distance rules.
“Assume the next person next to you is Covid-19 positive…if he or she doesn’t have a mask then that’s the first instance to suspect him or her,” he said.
Kagwe went on to use an analogy where a trader would handle, a cabbage then a chain of her customers pop in at her stall to handle the same cabbage ending up infecting one another.

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