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Dr. Lugaliki was diabetic,Family says.

The 38 years old Doreen Adisa Lugaliki who was the first doctor to die of covid-19 was suffering from diabetes without knowing,the family has divulged.

According to the family,the young doctor only came to know of it after she was admitted to the hospital last Monday.

They said that after her admission to The Aga Khan University Hospital,she was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

DKA is a serious diabetes-related complication characterised by production of excess acids in the blood by the body.

The symptoms may include; confusion ,abdominal pain,Weakness,shortness in breath or rapid breath , dehydration excessive thirst and body weakness.

Others include blurred vision, excess sleepiness, mental confusion, or  loss of weight.

Dr.Lugaliki’s family remembered how great a person she was.

She left behind two twin daughters Kyla Ndinda and Kyle Kimilu and now a widower Kituku Kinyae ,whom she wedded way back in 2007.

The twins expressed how perturbed they were by losing their mom to corona in spite of her Saving a lot of lives in her line of duty.

“My mother has saved people’s lives ever since I was born. So the fact that hers was taken away by Covid-19 leaves me in a faze,” the girls wrote.

Her burial will take place on Monday in Bungoma county and is strictly to be attended by 15 people from the family ,in accordance with the government’s directives.

“You were to wear a beautiful white gown, rest at Lee Funeral Home, and have your makeup excellently done. We were to be in no hurry to bury you,” her sister Carol said.

“We were to take at least 10 days before we laid you to rest. We were to mourn you the Maragoli Style, complete with Isukuti …to dance to reggae and preferably get some nice mix from DJ Mo. That is how you were to exit. Not like this. I am sorry Ady.”

When one suffers from DKA ,the rate at which fats are brocken down by the body increases.

The fats are converted to body “fuel” called ketones and this causes excess acidity in the blood,putting the life of the victim at risk.

The family said that after she tested posive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Lugaliki’s health deteriorated.

She was transferred to the  Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but unfortunately the following morning, she passed away following covid-19 related complications.

According to The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Lugaliki was infected by a fellow doctor who had been infected by a patient.

The secretary general ,Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda eulogised her as jovial, hardworking and a team player who contracted the virus in the line of duty.

Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, the late Lugaliki first worked at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital then Nairobi Women’s Hospital and later Aga Khan University Hospital as a gynaecologist consultant.

Upto the time of her death, she was based at the Nairobi South Hospital.

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KNH’s Mbagathi infectious disease unit stops Corona virus testing.

From today, KNH infectioous diseases unit will only handle confirmed but not suspected cases.

This comes after an internal memo dated July 9 and signed by the hospital’s Senior Director of Clinical Services, Dr Irene Inwani, cautioned the institution’s Directors and Head of Departments against accepting referrals from counties except under special circumstances.

In the memo she said, “The Head of Unit Respiratory Infections Diseases is directed to stop all the screening activities and public testing at the KNH Mbagathi IDU,”she said.

It is worth remembering that Health Cabinet Mutahi Kagwe on the 7th of July said that no patient will be airlifted to Nairobi from other counties for treatment.

“There will be no capacity to be brought to Nairobi for treatment as Nairobi itself will be already overwhelmed. Where we are heading is unpredictable,” Kagwe said.

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Kemri also brought to a halt collection of covid-19 samples at its headquarters and other centres, in an announcement ,3days ago.

Director general Yeri Kombe said that walk-ins to the facilities will nolonger be allowed.

Any citizen who will be in need of specimen collection services will therefore have to request formally.

No explanations were given as to why such decisions were reached.

The KNH’s Mbagathi is among the first centres that were designated for covid-19 patients.

The setting up of the isolation ward commenced on February 29 and at first meant had a capacity to hold 40 beds.

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If you are from these counties, sanitize and keep social distance lest you die of Covid-19 when infected.

Should you develop Covid-19 related conditions that require treatment in an intensive care Unit in these counties, then chances are that you will go be with the Lord;

Vihiga,
Elgeyo-Marakwet,
Samburu,
Tana River
Embu counties

Going by the reports by the council of governors,Kenya only has 442 ICU beds and 437 ventilators and at least 10,000  isolation beds against the national target of 30,500 units.

Residents of Makueni, Kilifi, Turkana, Isiolo, Wajir, Busia, Bomet, Laikipia, Uasin Gishu and Garissa also have reasons to worry as the counties only have fewer than 10 ICU beds in their wards.

Machakos, Kajiado, Kisii, Nakuru, Nyandarau, Trans Nzoia and Kiambu have just about 15 beds in ICU wards.

Among the neighbours of Nairobi county ,Muranga and Machakos have the highest number of Intensive care unit beds at 35 and 30 respectively.

Accordin’g to health Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth , 44 patients were admitted to ICU wards in the country as of Saturday.

“Out of the number, 22 are on ventilators and another 22 are in ICU receiving oxygen,” Said Dr.Amoth

He added that following the ban on restrictions by the president ,more cases are likely to be reported.

It is dawning on Kenyans that the country only has less than 500 ICU beds in Public hospitals with many having none.

Health Cabinet Mutahi Kagwe said that there will no longer be evacuation of covid-19 patients to Nairobi therefore counties should prepare to handle their patients.

“This is not out of will, it is out of the fact that by the time we get into that situation, the hospitals in Nairobi will be overwhelmed. It is, therefore, upon the counties to ensure that they are well-prepared to handle the numbers,” Mr Kagwe said.

Preparedness
In the 6th of July the president said that despite not meeting 100 percent preparedness,as a country we have made a stride.

The head of state in a past address directed the counties to have at least 300 beds in their isolation centres and ICU beds and ventilators.

Only 26 of the 47 counties had met the target by Yesterday.

Nairobi, Mombasa, Machakos, Bungoma, Laikipia and Garissa have hit the 400-bed mark, with another 10 achieving the 300 target.

Counties that have not met the target include Baringo, Bomet, Busia Elgeyo Marakwet Embu, Isiolo, Kajiado, Siaya, Taita-Taveta, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir, Kitui, Lamu, Marsabit, Migori, Meru, Nyamira, Samburu and Kisumu.

Council of governors chair,Kakamega governor ,Wycliffe Oparanya said that other 22 counties are working towards achieving the target by July  22.

He said that “They are all at a different level of preparedness.” 

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Covid-19: 257 healthcare givers infected.

Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed that a total of 257 health workers have been infected by Corona virus.

According to the star,The CS was talking in Makueni county where he took PPE’s to the hathcare workers in a bid to protect them from the virus.

It is projected that the cases are to increase exponentially following the restrictions that have been eased.

Mr. Kagwe said that a total of 252 health personnel have been hired by the government for Makueni County with a view to boosting human resource capacity.

In addition to that ,the government through the health ministry is also in the process of hiring another 110.

On Wednesday,the government reported 278 more cases bringing the total to 8528.

The digits were obtained from a sample of 3053.

He warned that if care is not taken then the country’s health facilities might be overstretched.

“All counties except five have reported Covid-19 cases. It will just be a matter of time before all counties are affected,” he said.

In order to acertain that all the 47 counties are well prepared in the event of a surge in the cases,Officials from the ministry of health are expected to pay them a visit.

The president had directed that each of the 47 counties to establish 300 isolation bed capacities and also increase ICU beds.

To help effect that,5billion shillings was disbursed.

Kagwe added that training of more personnels is in progress.

He also noted that despite the fact that some people may be asymptomatic,they still,can pass the virus.

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Corona Virus Hits Parliament,6 Mp’s tests positive.

Six legislators have been admitted to different hospitals after testing positive for Corona virus.

Accordin’g to sources ,one of the Legislators was admitted to  intensive care Unit (ICU)

Their counterparts who had come into contact with them rushed to get tested over the weekend .

It is feared that the positive cases could rise after the pendin’g results are released.

Amon’g the hospitalised members is a high rankin’g Legislator who ,by virtue of his office might  have exposed himself immenslely to other colleagues.

According to The standard ,upon realising the fact that he had been admitted, about 20 Mp’s went for a test.

One of the Members from Western is said to have contracted the virus after comin’g into contact with the one in ICU.

The other hails from the coastal regions.

“There is a major scare. Many of those who interacted with him have had to go for tests, and this figure might even be high by Monday (today) when the results of the majority who voluntarily did the tests are released.

“I know at least six MPs have so far turned positive and are in hospitals, one is in ICU,” an Mp who sought anonymity told said.

According to the national assembly clerck Michael Sialai, administration of the parliament was not aware of any covid 19 cases amon’g its members.

He added that even if there were, it would be difficult to know unless the victims makes it public, owin’g to the fact that health matters are private.

He further said that there was possibility of members goin’g for private tests and not divulgin’g it completely. If that is the case, the parliament administration wouldn’t know.

Mr. Sialai also said that there had strictly adhered to covid-19 regulations includin’g regular disinfection of Chambers , committee rooms as well as offices.

“We understand the great risk we are in, given that MPs travel widely and that is why, as a routine, we ensure that there is thorough disinfection, including spraying those areas frequently visited.

“We did it even on Friday; sanitising all critical areas, including the mosque and worship rooms,” the clerk said.

Mp’s on many occasions travel from Nairobi to their constituents ,something that is said could really slow down attempts to contain the virus in the counties.

After the first covid -19 case was reported in Kenya,in April, the speaker of the National assembly Justin Muturi was forced to adjourn the parliamentary sitting’s untill proper preventive measures were put in place.

The clerck said the measures are still there.Spaces have been created outside the Chambers with a view to accommodating those mp’s who might not find space inside ,as they maintain social distancin’g.

In April still,having interacted with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale who had tested positive for covid-19,several members went to a self quarantine.

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COVID 19 : Eleven Judiciary Staff infected,open court sessions suspended.

Mombasa Law Courts

Corona virus has found its way into the Mombasa Judiciary as 11 members of staff have tested positive over the past 24 hours.

According to the standard newspaper, the chief Justice David Maraga on Friday said that among’ those infected are Judicial officers and registry staff.

The CJ added that the 118 people with whom the victims had come into contact primarily have been identified and must go into a self quarantine with an immediate effect.

The affected courts includes the main court building, the city court and the Tononoka children’s court. 

Untill further notice ,Mr. Maraga has suspended all open court sessions in the coastal regions.

He added that despite the closure ,they will strive to offer online services and other vital services to the court users.

The suspension of the court activities comes a week after a KCB Bank outlet at the Mombasa Law Courts was shut to curb spread of the disease. 

According to the ministry of health announcement made on Friday 19,  1,197 Covid-19 cases were recorded in Mombasa.

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Hope as Covid -19 Recoveries rise to 1550.

Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman

According to the ministry of health,1550 patients have recovered from Corona virus disease in the country.

Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman on Friday announced that in the past 24 hours, 91 patients have been discharged from the hospital after recoverin’g.

Of the 3043 samples that were tested today, 117 more tested positive for covid.

The total tally now stands at 4374. The cases that were recorded today composed of 54 females and 83 males.

Two more patients succumbed last night bringing the total deaths to 119.

According to the Standard, 52 cases were reported from Nairobi with 8 coming from Kibra.

Those with underlying health conditions at higher risk.

While giving the daily briefin’g on Corona virus, Dr. Aman urged those with pre-existing health conditions to be extra cautious to avoid contracting the virus.

The underlying conditions that pose threat to covid-19 victims include HIV ,cancer and diabetes.

Sickle cell and corona-virus.

In the company of Ag director general Dr. Patrick Amoth, Aman said that as a result of compromised immune system due to sickle cell anaemia,the victims are equally vulnarable.

Sickle cell is a disorder of the genes that is characterised by mutation of red blood cells leading to blockage of smaller blood vessels.

He also adviced members of the country to have a stock of drugs that can last a month.

Dr Aman added that the ministry of health has developed guidelines on care at the health facilities and in the communities.

These will soon be rolled out to help fight Corona virus.

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Government:No more night burials for Covid-19 victims.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe with counterparts from health ministry durin’g the daily briefin’g on Covid-19 in Nyeri.

There is a sigh of relief to many ,after the government gave in to demands to do away with mandatory night burials for those who die of Corona virus.

Accordin’g to the standard ,this comes at a time when 137 new cases of Corona virus and three deaths were yesterday recorded.

During the same briefing, 32 people had been discharged from the hospital after recovering bringing the total recoveries to 1253.

Dr.Amoth,the Health Director General said that he would send a secular to counties with a view to reminding them of Covid -19 victims burial protocol.

The health Director General continued to say that there’s no need to burry hurriedly and especially at night provided the body was properly preserved.

He said that while in Nyeri where he gave the briefin’g.

In accordance with the ministry of health protocols, anybody who dies of Covid 19 should be buried within 48 hours.

If the recent burial of Ohangla musician Bennard Obonyo is anything to go by,the government contemptously disregarded these guidelines.

This latest case sparked public outrage especially in Kisumu county.

Dr. Amoth further affirmed that there are very minimal chances of a person being infected by a properly treated body,owing to the mode of transmission of the Corona virus.

Comparing Corona virus to other illnesses such as Ebola,Dr .Amoth added that the former is way safer than the latter when properly preserved hence the need for a decent send-off.

He continued to advice that as long as the culture dictates that no burial ought to take place at night, it is prudent to wait for another 12 hours.

Upto the time of yesterday’s briefin’g,the health ministry has conducted a total of 115,336,out of which 3594 have tested positive for corona virus.

The health cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that non communicable diseases such high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer has contributed to one in every three deaths reported.

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The Cry of a disappointed Luo.

Two occurances prompts luo as an ethnic group to ask why some of their beloved ones are given inhumane send-off.

Recent of the instances, is the controversial burial of Ohangla Maestro, Bennard Obonyo popularly known as Abenny Jachiga.

The family members are still shocked at how and when the musician’s burial was conducted.

Jachiga was buried at dawn by people less known to the family members but believed to be police officers.

Accordin’g to the Sunday Standard, some people armed with guns and in their company ,able bodied men stormed St.Elizabeth Hospital morgue and went away with the body.

They then proceeded to his home where they burried at 2:30 am.

Angered by this,some family members and mourners,especially the youth threatened to exhume the body after such an inhumane burial.

To avoid this ,the mother of the deceased and some relatives includin’g his wife Belinda Aluoch sat on the grave.

James Oyugi
If your memory serves you right,I believe a similar occurrence ,a couple of weeks ago in Siaya county, Kamalunga village, Simur Kondiek sublocation  are still fresh in your mind.

According to a video clip that widely circulated on social media ,two mortuary attendants are seen arrivin’g in a white pickup.

They then get out ,grab the Kenya Ports Authority Worker’s  body and throws to the grave with some women heard weeping uncontrollably in the background.

In fact ,one of the women is heard askin’g “Mano an’gomuwitono? (What is that you’ve thrown away)

The 59 year old James Oyugi had travelled from Mombasa in the company of his wife and two daughters.

They spent in Nairobi and later proceeded to his home in siaya but was involved in an accident at Awasi.He later got home through Kisumu where he also made a stop.

Here comes the irony.
John Nzenze.
Not so many kilometres from Chiga,Kisumu City is Vihiga county where  burial of a musician ,John Nzenze was also taking place.

On this side however, situations were totally different.His  was devoid of the drama witnessed in Abenny’s burial.

The “twist” genre of music maestro was pronounced dead at Mukumu Mission Hospital where he had been battling high blood pressure and stomach ulcers.

You cannot mention Nzenze’s name without touchin’g on his 1960’s hit son’g Angelike twist.

He was later laid to rest in Muhindu Ward of Hamisi subcounty.

It is apparent that both burials occurred at a time when Kenya,like other countries ,is battlin’g Corona virus.

Stringent measures including social distancing ,hand sanitizin’g and use of face masks in public places have been put in place to combart the pandemic.

However,According to the World Health Organizati guidelines,bodies of Covid 19 Victims are not infectious.

Why would the government rush burials especially in luoland as witnessed in the two instances?

Furthermore ,if it is a matter of social distancing,some of the top political figures have defied the guidelines.

Did you not see the Central organization of Trade Unions'(COTU) Boss, Francis Atwoli organise a Buildin’g Bridges Initiative (BBI) drinkin’g party unrestricted?

Why would the government hurl teargas canisters at innocent mourners? Why would a body be indiscently buried at wee hours of the night?

If you didn’t know,non of those who came close to Mr.Oyugi throughout his journey from Mombasa tested positive for Corona Virus.

Not even the extended family members he greeted and had a chat with after gettin’g home,ironical ,right?

Before emotions get a better part of me ,just be reminded that the Kenyan laws applies just to a few,that is you who is reading this and I.

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Covid-19: List of powerful politicians that have tested positive.

1.Sudan’s Riek Machar
According to a statement by his office on May 18th,Riek Machar,South Sudan’s Vice President and his wife Angelina Teny, who serves as defence minister, tested positive for the coronavirus.

2.Afghanistan’s Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz.
He contracted the Covid-19 disease in May 7th May but recoverd two weeks later after isolation at his home.

3.Russia’s Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova
The minister tested positive for the virus in May 6th but currently has mild symptoms.

Her Secretary Anna Usacheva says she continues to work remotely with some tasks done online.

4.Nigerian President’s Chief of staff,Abba Kyari.
A close source divulged on 24th March that the 70 year old had tested positive for the virus.

5.Prince Albert,the prince of Monaco,
He tested positive on Thursday but is doing well in self isolation.

6.Israeli ambassador to Germany,Jeremy Issacharoff.
His status was confirmed by the Israeli Foreign ministry in a statement in March 17th.

He was reported to have contracted the virus after a meeting with a deputy from the Federal Assembly of Germany.

7.Simeon Sawadogo
The Burkina Faso’s interior minister has the novel Corona virus.

8.United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson
The 55year old leader tested positive for Corona virus on 27th March.
On April 5th,he was taken to hospital and to intensive Care unit on 6th April.

9.Nigeria’s Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde.

10.Israeli Health Minister,Yaakov Litzman
Together with his wife,they tested positive on April 1.

11.Secretary General of Guinea and former minister Sekou Kourouma.
Sadly,he died of Corona virus on 18th April in Conakry

12.Nuno Gomes the Guinea Bissau’s Prime minister.
He tested positive alon’gside three members of his cabinet accordin’g to the West African Health Ministry on 29th of April.

12.Russia’s Prime Minister,Mikhail Mishustin.
In a video with President Vladimir Putin,the Minister divulged his status and said that he would self-isolate in abid to protect other members of the cabinet.

13.Nephew of Belgium’s Kin’g Philippe,Prince Joachim
The 28 year old tested positive in June 1 for coronavirus after attending a party in Spain.

14.The former Pakistan prime minister, and senior leader of the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz   Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
On June 8, he tested positive for COVID-19 .

15.Nikol Pashinyan,the Armenian prime minister.
On June 1 ,he divulged that he and his family had tested positive for the virus.

16.Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.
He said he and his wife tested positive after taking coronavirus antibody tests on May 28.

He added that initially, he thought he was suffering from remnants of an earlier bout with the flu and a high pollen count,only to be confirmed positive for Corona virus.

17.Khalif Mumin Tohow,the justice minister of Somalia’s autonomous Hirshabelle state.

On April 12,he died  after contracting the coronavirus. Mumin died in Mogadishu’s Martini hospital a day after he tested positive for COVID-19 in the town of Jowhar.

18.Iran’s national assembly Speaker Ali Larijani.
The parliament said on April 2 its speaker tested positive for the coronavirus and is in quarantine.

19.Britain’s Health Secretary Matthew Hancock.
He made public his status on March 27  .Hancock said he would be self-isolating and working from home.

20.Stanislas Ouaro ,Burkina Faso’s minister of education.
He has confirmed being positive for the virus.

21.Poland’s environment minister Michal Wos.
In a tweet on March 16, he said that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

22.Francis Suarez
He is the mayor of the US city of Miami. His status was confirmed on March 13.

23.Franck Riester, the French minister of culture.
Earlier this week,  said he was staying at his home in Paris after contracting the virus.

24.Brazil’s national security adviser Augusto Heleno.
The 72 year old said on March 18 on his Twitter account that he had tested positive for coronavirus, though he did not have any symptoms.

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Trump:”Come to my rally but don’t hold me responsible if you contract Corona virus”

Trump campaign has said that it should not be held accountable if any of those who attend his campaign rally in Tulsa and Oklahoma contract Corona virus.

Accordin’g to the CNN ,The attendees must confirm and fill a disclaimer that says they acknowledge the risk of exposure to Covid 19 that exist in any public place.

The disclaimer stated that “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury,”

On Wednesday,Trump’s Campaign made public the plans to have him hold the first rally.

This has not been possible as the country has been on lockdown to avoid the spread of Corona Virus.

Ironically,the rally comes at a time when Corona virus cases keep soarin’g in many parts of the United States.

The country has recorded more than 2million Corona virus infections and at least 112,000 deaths.

Even as the country re-opens,waiver similar to that of Trump’s campaign are likely to become the norm,said , a law professor at New York University School of Law,Catherine Sharkey.

The waivers however offers only a base-level protection against liability.

“They only give limited protections, so they never would protect against, for example, gross negligence or recklessness,” said Sharkey. “One could argue that holding a large public gathering that will draw people together in a context in which they’re not able to do social distancing or follow the directive of the CDC, et cetera. One could argue that is grossly negligent.”

Since in-campaign stopped, so anxious has Trump been to get back to the rallies.

Initially ,the campaigns had been scheduled for July but having seen the mass protests against George Floyd’s murder, the timelines were pushed up.

The campaign is of the opinion that the crowds at those protests paved way for events such as rallies,despite warnings by public health officials that social distancing and wearing of masks is still necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

Concerning Trump’s rally,the question therefore is ,whether there are specific safety measures that will be put in the rally.

In a Thursday response,Trump communication campaigns confirmed that there will be safety measures at the rally.

Kevin Stitts,the Oklahoma governor adviced that it’s residents limit time spent in crowded places .

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National and County govenments finally agree on the terms for re-opening the economy.

President uhuru kenyatta convened a national and county governments meeting at the statehouse.

During the meeting, an agreement on covid -19 response measures that should be put in place before gradual opening of the country from lockdown was reached.

According to citizen television, the measures which are aimed at safeguarding kenyans against the detrimental health and socioeconomic influences of covid-19 consist of the attainment of a country wide 30 500 isolation bed potential within a month.

The third extra-ordinary session of the countrywide and county governments co-ordination summit set the goal of 300 isolation beds for every county with the aim of dealing with the rising instances of infections.

Out of 47 counties ,35 have got cases of covid-19 infections.

Besides raising the isolation bed capacity, the meeting tasked county governments to evaluate their fiscal and strategic plans for the 2020 to 2021 financial year to include covid-19 prevention and control measures.

The meeting was also attended by the deputy president Dr.william Ruto.

To tackle the developing public pressure to re-open churches and other worship places ,the summit resolved to involve the council of governors in the ongoing consultations being undertaken by an inter-faith council.

So as to make certain ,the smooth re-opening of colleges and other learning institutions the summit also agreed to involve the council of governors in the ongoing education sector stakeholder consultations.

The consultations led by education cabinet secretary Proff. George Omore Magoha will lead to provision of a new calendar in line with the current presidential directive to re-open learning institutions come September this year.

The summit resolved to reconvene on wednesday next week to have a review of:

suggestions for the gradual re-opening of the economy,
containment measures presently in place;
and protocols for the modern re-opening of places of worship


president kenyatta advised both levels of government to work in close consultation with one another with a view to coming up with appropriate solutions to health and economic crisis as a result of covid-19 pandemic.

The president also stated that those who framed the 2010 constitution understood the need for kenyans to have well-equipped health services nearer to them hence healthcare devolution.

He however pointed out that the the same drafters of the constitution were cognizant of the fact that the two levels of government must come together during a crisis in order to come up with amicable solutions for emergencies such as the covid-19 pandemic.

He said that the covid-19 health disaster provides a very good  opportunity for Kenya to improve its healthcare ,”a blessing in disguise ,”he described it.

Health cabinet secretary mutahi kagwe in his remarks applauded governors for working closely with his ministry in the combat towards covid-19 .

Mr. kagwe asked the governors to emulate machakos county which he said has commissioned jua kali artisans to fabricate covid-19 isolation beds.

He added that the ministry of health will proceed to work very closely with county governments so as to ensure theres a win-win outcomes in every part of the country.

Treasury Cs Ukur Yattani on his side stated that his ministry was in the process of assessing the influence of the covid-19 crisis on the economy.

In his technical briefing ,acting director general of health Dr. Patrick Amoth said that to defeat covid-19, community preparedness is key.

He added that Homecare approach as prescribed by World Health Organization (WHO) is the way to go so as to ease the stress of the rising infections on health facilities.

Dr.amoth further said that home care should be translated into kiswahili to enhance a deeper understanding by the citizens.