Spike in pneumonia cases alarming

Prof Ruth Nduati, a consultant paediatrician, wears a mask during the launch of ‘Break the Chain Initiative’ at Apple Wood Park in Nairobi on March 30, 2020. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • From January up until early February, the number of pneumonia cases were 137,667 before a dramatic increase to 195,504.
  • So far, there are few cases to distinguish whether pneumonia is caused by a virus or bacteria in Kenya’s public hospitals, where the majority of the population seek medical services.

Data from the National Registry of Diseases shows that when Kenya reported the first case of coronavirus on March 13, there was a spike in pneumonia, one of the complications of severe Covid-19.

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