246 new Covid-19 cases recorded as malaria-struck Kenyans avoid health facilities

246 new Covid-19 cases recorded as malaria-struck Kenyans avoid health facilities

246 new Covid-19 cases recorded as malaria-struck Kenyans avoid health facilities

Kenya reported 246 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday, even as it decried the toll stigmatisation was having on Malaria treatment in the country.The new cases, from some 4,149 samples, push the national infection load to 32,803.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Rashid Aman said hospitals were initially treating about 300,000 people for Malaria per week but the number had reduced to about 100,000 since March.

“The malaria symptoms, are similar to those of the Covid-19, that is fever, weak joints, lack of appetite among others,” Dr Aman told a televised press briefing from Nairobi.”Majority of our people who have been getting these symptoms, and happen to be suffering from malaria, have shied away from visiting our health facilities.”This, the CAS added, was posing a great danger as people only sought medical attention once the situation worsened.Dr Aman said the drastic drop in people visiting hospitals could be attributed to those with Malaria symptoms self-medicating at home and their fear of being tested for Covid-19 or of contracting the disease when visiting health facilities.

Source: The Standard