Kisumu County has recorded a surge in malaria cases with most patients also testing positive for Covid-19 since the “double mutant” Indian variant was reported there a couple of months ago.
The lakeside city has been experiencing a rise in the positive cases of the covid-19 in recent days and it's now a worrying situation for the residents and medical practitioners in the region. The region has also been reported to be hit with a malaria burden with areas like Nyando, Nyakach, Seme, and Kisumu East sub-counties being the worst hit.
Doctors have also confirmed that most of the people who have been testing for malaria have also been confirmed to have contacted covid-19. This has led the medical officers to try to find out the correlation between the two deceased. With that rise, doctors and hospitals have started to report that they risk getting out of stock of the antimalaria medicines and will be getting out of stock if urgent supply is not done.
“We have antimalarial to treat the disease but if we don’t receive another consignment we might run support of the supply.” Kisumu County Director Health Fredrick Oluoch said.
During the Madaraka Day celebrations that were held in Kisumu, it was witnessed that people were not taking into consideration the covid-19 protocols as there was no social distance and some did not even have face masks on. This worrying information has made the Kisumu county officials urge the residents who attended the Madaraka Day to take the covid-19 test.
Meanwhile, Kemri scientists are carrying out clinical trial testing for Coartem and Paramax drug (standard of care for malaria) to observe how they perform in presence of Covid-19.
The effects of the crowds that were witnessed in Kisumu during the celebration are expected to be felt in the coming weeks. It has now been urged that caution should be taken by the residents to avoid further escalation of the spread of the virus in the region.
Just the other day the Kisumu County Assembly was closed after several members tested positive for the virus. The city has now emerged as the new hotspot for the virus. The lakeside city Tuesday recorded almost a third of all 382 positive cases recorded in the country.
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