There are only 375 Intensive Care Unit beds across 38 counties in the country, out of which 321 are available for new patients, this is according to the Council of Governors (CoG).
In a statement from CoG’s Health Committee chairperson Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, governors have painted a grim picture of the state of Kenya’s health sector, even as the country is battling the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the governors, there are a total of 7,751 beds in 142 isolation centres across the 38 counties, out of which 6,890 beds are available for patients. There are a total of 167 beds in the High Dependency Unit, and only 107 beds are available for new patients.
The CoG says the country’s lack of testing capacity is painting a false picture that COVID-19 positivity rate (which currently stands at 6.9%) is decreasing.
“The decrease of the positivity rate is as a result of lack of testing kits in the country. This poses a major challenge as the virus is spreading rapidly and could overstretch the county health facilities,” says CoG.
Governors are now calling upon the Ministry of Health to provide testing kits to the counties, to ensure a true documentation of the magnitude of the disease in the community.
The body also revealed that a total of 874,932 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been received in 47 counties, out of which 642,751 doses have been administered as follows; Healthcare workers-136,084, security- 52,603, teachers- 97,786, others- 356,278.
“We note with concern that there is low uptake of the vaccine by the target population. As a county we shall enhance advocacy measures to increase public confidence on the effectiveness of the vaccine,” continued the statement from Governor Nyong’o.