The Ministry of Health has said that it has noted reduced capacity in mortuaries to hold the bodies for those dying in hospitals and in the communities.
In a statement released to the media, Ministry Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Dr. Kennedy Malama said the number of daily COVID-19 deaths is unprecedented as the Ministery has reported 407 deaths in just three weeks of the third wave.
“On a very sad note, our COVID-19 death remains high, as 47 new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours,” he said.
“The cumulative number of COVID-19 related deaths recorded to date now stands at 1,691 of which 1,045 have been classified as COVID deaths and 646 are COVID-19 associated deaths,”.
Dr Malama added that a total of 2,148 discharges were made of which 113 are from the COVID-19 isolation facilities and 2,035 from home management.
“There are currently 18,490 active cases, of whom 17,467 are under community management and 1,023 are admitted to our COVID-19 isolation facilities,” he said.
He stated that of the admissions, 172 are newly admitted patients within the last 24 hours.
He further noted that among those currently under admission, 701 are on Oxygen therapy and 131 are in critical condition.
Dr Malama has since described the third wave of Covid-19 as devastating looking at the evolution of the pandemic in the past month.
He said the county has continued to see an unprecedented increase in COVID 19 cases, hospitalizations, and even deaths.
The Permanent Secretary said by this time last month, there were only 50 patients in the health facilities, adding that today there are over a thousand COVID-19 cases.
“The number of critical patients has gone up in the past month, from just four (4) critical patients recorded on 21st May to having 131 in critical condition,” he said.
“The saddest part of it all is we are still on an upward trend with the peak of this wave not yet in sight. Our oxygen demand, the critical drug in case management, has also gone up significantly, from having just 32 patients on oxygen countrywide a month ago to now having 701 patients on oxygen with the majority requiring high flow oxgygen,” Dr Malama explained.
He said as the number of COVID-19 cases increases in the country, the hospitals both public and private offering COVID-19 isolation and treatment facilities are heavily burdened with patients, many of whom require intensive and critical care.
Dr Malama further reaffirmed the government’s commitment to increasing the vaccine supply as this has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing the COVID-19 burden.
He also disclosed that in the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 1,598 new confirmed COVID-19 cases out of 6,369 tests conducted indicating 25% positivity.
“As Government, we have continued mobilizing extra bed space and oxygen supply. Once again we reiterate that this fight should be fought and won in our communities,” he said.