A health worker in Taita Taveta succumbed to Covid-19 infection on Tuesday afternoon. The worker is said to have had underlying issues that worsened after the infection of the virus.
According to the County health department report, four people tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. They were being treated at the Mwatate Sub-County hospital which has an isolation centre. The other three who were diagnosed are said to have been discharged after testing negative for the virus.
This one health worker, however, had severe impacts from the virus and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit ICU. He was diagnosed with respiratory failure as an effect of the virus and was taken to the ICU and placed on a ventilator.
” The CT scan showed that his lungs were damaged and he had trouble breathing. He had 75% lung damage.”said Mwandawiro.
The county health director, Elvis Mwandawiro, commented on the cases reported. He mentioned that though the cases were few, the virus still exists. Went ahead to warn constituents to be cautious and comply with the measures in place.
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Hospitals around the country have reported an increase in people with flu, coughs, fever, sore throat, headache and body aches. Many are questioning whether it’s another wave of Covid-19 or just a change in weather.
Increased cases come after World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the global Zika emergency was officially over.
It also comes at a time when the CS, Susan Nakhumicha dismissed reports of a new wave of the Covid-19 virus in Kenya. She went ahead to tell those infected with the flu, to wear a mask and prevent its spread.