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Report: Where more people die at home, than in hospital

By Graham Kajilwa | December 24th 2019 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

More people in marginalised areas are dying at home than in health facilities, a new report shows.

However, more children are now being born in hospitals than at home, the latest numbers released by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics reveal.

According to the statistical abstract, Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit counties had the highest numbers of people dying at home than in hospital last year.

Mandera holds the record of more people dying at home at 80.6 per cent out of the 504 deaths registered in the county last year, while only 19.4 per cent of deaths were registered in a health facility.

In Wajir, out of 464 deaths registered last year, 76.1 per cent of them occurred at home compared to 23.9 per cent in a hospital, while in Marsabit, 67.6 per cent of the 648 deaths happened at home, with 32.4 per cent recorded in a hospital.

There were 559 deaths in Tana River in 2018 of which 63.7 per cent happened at home compared to 36.3 per cent recorded in a hospital.

Other counties where more people died at home than in a health centre include Nyandarua (65.4 per cent against 34.6 per cent in hospital), Murang’a (64 per cent against 36 per cent), Siaya  (63.6 per cent against 36.4 per cent), Bungoma (59.1 per cent against 40.9 per cent), Busia (58 per cent against 42 per cent), Nandi (56.7 per cent against 43.3 per cent), Elgeyo Marakwet (54.4 per cent against 45.6 per cent) and Kitui (52.9 per cent against 47.1 per cent).

The report, which was released this month, shows that 192,019 deaths were recorded in 2018, of which 58.8 per cent occurred in health facilities and 41.2 per cent at home.

Nairobi leads in the number of deaths at 21,407, followed by Kiambu (10,720), Nakuru (9,761) and Kakamega (9,355).

Samburu had 348 deaths in 2018, the lowest of the 47 counties, followed by Lamu (427) and Wajir (464).

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