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 Obesity, Diabetes among Covid-19 high risk factors – Ministry of Health

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The ministry of health has declared diabetes and Obesity among the high risk factors for Covid-19.

Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman made the announcement on Saturday as he revealed that the country’s total case load for Covid-19 rose to 16,643 after 375 more patients tested positive.

CAS Aman advised those suffering from underlying diseases especially diabetes, hypertension and obesity to stay home and only go out when absolutely necessary.

“Diabetes is a risk factor for hospitalisation and mortality of COVID-19. Studies indicate that, of patients with severe disease, upto 16% had diabetes. Diabetic complications such as diabetic kidney disease and ischemic heart disease may complicate the situation for people with diabetes, making them frailer and further increasing the severity of CIVID-19 disease and the need for care such as acute dialysis.”

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The new patients include 351 Kenyans and 24 foreigners. They include 229 males and 146 females aged between 5 months and 90 years of age.

The infections are distributed in Nairobi (240), Kajiado (36), Kiambu (31), Migori (16), Machakos (15), Nakuru (14), Nyeri (5), Kisumu (3), Uasin Gishu (3), Mombasa (3), Trans Nzoia (2), Meru (1), Kakamega (1), Kisii (1), Siaya (1), Vihiga (1), Murang’a (1).

128 more patients were also discharged after they recovered from the disease bringing to 7,574 the total number of recoveries in the country. 74  were discharged from home-based care and 51 discharged from various facilities in the country.

Four more patients succumbed to the novel coronavirus raising the tally for fatalities to 278.