WHO raises red flag over rising Covid-19 cases, deaths in Kenya for second time

WHO Country Director Rudi Eggers donates equipment worth $321,000 to assist in the war against Covid-19 to Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi on August 12, 2020/ WHO

The World Health Organization has for the second time raised a red flag over the rising Covid-19 cases in Kenya, especially the level of community transmission.

WHO Country Director Rudi Eggers on Wednesday said the disease is at the most critical stage and requires compliance and total collaboration by all stakeholders.

This is even as the Ministry of Health announced 679 more cases were confirmed, bringing the total case load in the country at 28,104.

He attributed the rise in infections to laxity in observing Covid-19 containment measures,

“We have seen a general laxity in individuals’ behaviour from the initial widespread compliance before the opening up of the lockdown to where people are now not wearing masks, not keeping their distance, and not adhering to hygiene and protective measures,” Eggers said.

He warned that as the disease continues to spread in the country, there is need to ensure interventions to curb it are made and are implemented.

Last month, Eggers had in a confidential letter dated July 22 to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe raised a red flag over the rising infections and deaths from the pandemic, saying it was an indication of widespread community transmissions in several counties.

In the letter, WHO singled out politicians and senior government officials for brazenly flouting Health ministry Covid-19 protocols.

The global health agency said despite the government’s ban on public gatherings, politicians and senior government officials had failed to respect the law and were instead ignoring the guidelines.

“WHO would like to see the Government of Kenya, have all leaders at all levels of government and society and all politicians lead by example by assuring that they visibly demonstrate their personal compliance to the government directives,” Eggers said in the letter.

The WHO donated equipment worth equipment worth $321,000 (Sh32.1 million) to help in the war on Covid-19.

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