28-07-2021 by redazione
Drastic decisions are expected in order to reduce Covid-19 infections in coastal tourist destinations, or at least that seems to be the intention of Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi.
Kingi announced yesterday, Tuesday 27 July, that he is going to take more restrictive measures for his county because of the increase in Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations and the increase in deaths in recent days, compared to the previous months which had been relatively quiet.
"This week we will announce stricter measures to prevent the increase in the positive cases of Covid-19," Kingi told local media, "we are concerned about the rising trend of cases".
The concern also stems from some "excellent" deaths in recent days, including two cabinet members, and the shortage of oxygen due to high demand these days.
"The trend is worrying because every day we are registering no less than 25 cases of Covid-19 - Kingi confirmed - Initially, we had few people on oxygen and there were no deaths. Recently, six patients in our facilities succumbed to the virus and the demand for oxygen has increased.
Kingi also appealed for the observance of prevention rules, which in reality are often taken lightly in the county, as is the rather soft approach of the enforcement authorities.
The problem with the resurgence of infections and more serious cases in Kilifi County is that in the previous months, when the situation had returned to below the alert level, some of the health facilities that had been converted into Covid-19 hospitals with isolation zones, returned to their usual duties and currently only Gede Dispensary and Kilifi County Referral Hospital have suitable facilities for isolating positive patients. Other clinics and schools that had offered their emergency premises have long since resumed their normal operations.
Quarantine is now the responsibility of the individual, either at home or in a hotel," Dadu reiterated. "We only deal with isolation in a government facility and oversee quarantine and treatment at home. Our real priority is oxygen, consumption is high at the moment.
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