Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday made his daily update on the coronavirus pandemic situation from his native county of Nyeri.
During the press conference, the CS announced that 137 more people tested for the COVID-19 bringing the tally to 3,594. Out of the 137, nine patients were from Nyeri county.
The CS thanked the Nyeri county government led by governor Mutahi Kahiga for their continued efforts in curbing the spread of the deadly virus.
“The ministry has supervised the training of healthcare workers. We will strive to provide more support to fight COVID-19 disease. Will spare no effort to ensure health workers working conditions are improved,” Mutahi Kagwe said.
Cs Mutahi Kagwe further cautioned Kenyans not forget there are infections affecting the country such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
“Detecting non-communicable diseases early is cheaper and more effective than interventions in later stages…I urge those with non-communicable diseases to take their medicines while at the same time observing COVID-19 containment measures,” he said.
He announced that the country had chosen Nyeri as a pilot for the universal health care for the counties because it has a high non-communicable disease burden.
“Government is looking closely into Cancer, Diabetes, and Hypertension. We have a double burden as non-communicable diseases are killing 1 person in every 3 deaths,” the CS Mutahi Kagwe added.
“Without involving the people, we cannot win the war against COVID-19…MoH will continue to work in support of the county of Nyeri to combat not just COVID-19 but other non -communicable diseases- cancer, high blood pressure.”