Communique on Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19)

The Covid-19 is caused by 2019 Novel Corona Virus (2019-nCOV). The virus has spread worldwide. It is transmitted from infected person to others through sneezing, coughing, close personal contact and touching 2019-nCOV contaminated objects. Signs and symptoms appear after about 2-5 days of infection. It causes respiratory disease ranging from mild common cold like illness to severe pneumonia/bronchitis. Fever, chills body aches are common.

As of 8 March 2019, 105,828 cases of Covid-19 have been identified, with over 3,500 deaths. China has the highest number of cases. The African Continent has the least. Most of the African cases are in Northern Africa and South Africa, no cases in Eastern Africa. However the danger is real in Kenya because of the many entry points.

WHAT KENYA IS DOING

  1. Remaining vigilant for new cases and screening travelers at Points of Entry
  2. Alerts to all Counties
  3. Enhancing Preparedness: Isolation ward at Mbagathi Hospital, Training Health workers
  4. Health education: hand washing, coughing etiquette, identification of suspect cases (positive symptoms, history of travel or contact with confirmed or probable case within 14 days prior to onset of symptoms)

WHAT TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF KENYA IS DOING

  • Liaison with the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Medical Association for any new development
  • Sensitization of students and staff on
  • Recognizing that Good coughing/sneezing etiquette, avoiding close contact with suspect case and frequent hand washing are important in prevention. Handrails on stairs, utensils, pens, door knobs, bus handles, gross masks and digital devices can enhance spread of Covid -19.
  • Reporting any suspect case (those who have symptoms together with history of travel or contact with probable case) to University Health, Safety and Wellness Services (UHS&W)
  • Enhancing Preparedness: identifying hand washing points, Provision of hand wash gel, acquisition of medical  masks, monitoring waste management, High level of clinical suspicion at the UHS&W

NATIONAL 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CONTINGENCY (READINESS AND EARLY RESPONSE) PLAN FEBRUARY-APRIL 2020