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Kisumu’s COVID-19 Deaths Increase as Cases Move Closer to 3, 000

Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathews Owili (in a black coat) with Health Department staff at the Call Centre on Tuesday. Photo/Oliver

Kisumu, like other parts of the Country continues to register an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as the Country grapples with the third wave of the global pandemic.

Cases in the Lakeside County are moving towards the 3, 000 mark as deaths resulting from the pandemic draw close to 100, since the first case of the virus was reported in Kenya in March, 2020. 

Speaking during the re-launch of the revamped COVID-19 Call Centre at the Kisumu County Referral Hospital (KCRH) on Tuesday morning, Kisumu County Deputy Governor Mathews Ochieng Owili warned residents against lowering their guards in as far as keeping the virus at bay is concerned, insisting that danger is present everywhere and all the time.

“The County so far has recorded 2, 606 cumulative cases from some 28, 705 tests. 99 cases were diagnosed just last week alone, compared 144 in the previous week, so you can already see how the situation is getting worse. The death toll is at 75 by the 5th of April,” said the Deputy Governor.

“Danger is lurking. Everywhere and all the time,” he warned. 

He presided over the brief function on behalf of his boss, Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o who had travelled to the Capital, Nairobi for the Council of Governor’s meeting. Nyong’o chairs the health sub-committee of the Council.

The Kisumu County COVID-19 Call Centre was first launched in May 2020, in collaboration with Maseno University and PharmAccess to provide an avenue for residents of the County to report cases of the pandemic. 

The Centre which operates on a toll free number 0800 720 575 was initially housed at the University’s Kisumu City campus, but it is now based at KCRH. 

According to statistics, the Centre has received over 21, 000 calls since its initial launch last year, with an average of 50 calls per day. 

Content created and supplied by: Oliver_Ochieng (via Opera News )

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