The ministry of health has explained why the central region of the country has a high COVID-19 burden compared to other parts.
According to an update by Star Kenya, the ministry says that according to demographics, the central region has a high aging population and people who underlying issues such as diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, obesity and kidney problems.
For instance, Kirinyaga county has the highest number of obese women with recent statistics standing at 54.4%. Kiambu has 45% obesity patients.
Nyeri on the other hand has a high number of diabetic patients with statistics taken in 2016 showing that 12.6% of the residents live with diabetes.
All these pre-existing conditions pose a risk since the victims' immunity is low.
The ministry of health is therefore urging people in the vulnerable groups to ensure they are vaccinated. At the moment, the national attack rate stands at 508 per 100,000 population.
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