Nairobi is yet to hit the peak — Prof Omu Anzala speaks on Covid-19 cases in the capital
By Vincent Kejitan | July 22nd 2020
Prof Omu Anzala, an expert in Virology and Immunology at the
University of Nairobi, on Tuesday stated that Nairobi is yet to hit the peak in Coronavirus infections.
Speaking during an interview on a local TV station, Prof
Anzala did not commit to a figure but said that we will realise we have hit the
peak when we record steady numbers over time then a decline will follow.
Initially, projections by experts suggested that Nairobi was
likely to record 2000 cases per day by August but that is yet to be reached.
This might be attributed to the number of samples tested
because at the moment, the virus is domiciled in the community.
“Nairobi is yet to hit the peak…different counties will peak
at different times. If you look at Mombasa in recent months…it is a clear
indication that it reached its peak and is now steady and with time the numbers
will decrease,” said Anzala.
He, however, expressed hope that most counties are prepared
to fight the virus although Nairobi is about to be overstretched.
“To some extent some counties are ready; about 30-40
counties are about ready in terms of having in place all these measures that we
have spelt out.
“Counties must be ready to not just look at where the
infection is but also be able to do contact tracing,” he said.
Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua on Tuesday opined that
Nairobi should utilize resources effectively as it fights Covid-19.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Mutua said there
were conversations about flying patients to neighbouring counties for treatment
but some got more resources to contain the virus.
“There’s a conversation of Nairobi County admitting its
patients in neighboring counties but looking at the resources given for
preparation to Nairobi it’s a lot more than Machakos.
“Why can’t it get its act together & convert stadiums to
hospitals?” he asked.
Adding: “We do not want to take the burden of others…but if a place is overwhelmed I am willing to accept anyone.”
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