On Friday morning, March, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health Mutahi Kagwe confirmed the first case of Corona Virus in Kenya. Speaking during a press conference in Nairobi, the CS confirmed that the case at hand is of a 27-year-old female who came into the country on March 5 from the US via London. The passenger is said to have taken herself to the hospital after showing symptoms of COVID-19 and has submitted a list of all the people she has been in contact with.
Now that the virus is here, we can only be vigilant and take precaution measures to make sure we don’t contract nor spread the virus, since the numbers have been rising day by day in over the 140 countries that have confirmed the virus.
For all the children who may not have an idea what is going on, there is no need to panic although it is completely fine to be worried. You may wonder if it’s okay to go to school or sit next to someone who is coughing. You can continue to do things as usual however, it is important to take care of yourself and advise your friends to do the same. Sanitation plays a key role as control measure and every individual is being advised to wash hands with soap and water thoroughly and frequently. This helps to kill germs and prevent transmitting germs from one place or person to another. You are also advised to cover the mouth whenever sneezing or coughing.
World Health Organization works to ensure that all nations are aware and prepared for whatever that may come and despite announcing corona virus an emergency crisis, they have outlined signs of this infection which include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. It is important to visit a doctor in case when you experience any of these symptoms and get tested.
By Ann Wambui