Rashid Abubakar @MountKenyaTimes
Kenya now is targeting to vaccinate at least 5.8 million people by October 20 when the country will mark the Mashujaa Day.
Speaking in Murang’a County yesterday when he visited Kigumo sub-county hospital, for the laying of the foundation stone ceremony, said the move will bring the country closer to the full reopening of the economy as it targets to vaccinate at least 10 million people by December.
The CS urged Kenyans who are yet to be vaccinated to do so and become the country’s 58th Mashujaa Day heroes and heroines.
“On October 20th, we shall be celebrating our 58th Mashujaa day, and what a better way of celebrating the day other than ensuring we are closer to reopening the economy in full by having as many of us vaccinated. We are working towards marking our 58th Mashujaa day with 5.8 million people vaccinated,” he said.
Kagwe said the number of people seeking to be vaccinated against COVID-19 had significantly increased and encouraged more to present themselves for the jab.
Currently, Kenya is deploying five different types of vaccines namely AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm and Johnson & Johnson.
The CS noted that 3.3 per cent of Kenyans are fully vaccinated as of Monday, September 27.
A total of 3,627,280 vaccines have been administered. Out of these, 2,737,982 are first doses while second doses are 889,298.
On Monday, Kagwe reported the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate to have been recorded this year at 2.2 percent after 54 people tested positive from a sample size of 2,501.
Total caseload stands at 248,515 from 2,537,382 tests conducted since March last year when the country confirmed its first case while recoveries stands at 240,672.
He disclosed that over 98 percent of patients hospitalized are those who have not been vaccinated.
Kagwe at the same time hailed the ongoing expansion of hospitals and healthcare centers across the country, saying its is geared towards driving equitable and quality healthcare by enabling them to improve on the healthcare they deliver.
The CS said the government remains committed in its quest to ensure that provision of health services is responsive to the needs of respective communities.
“Our president, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, has always attached great importance to the development of public health in Kenya, which is why he personally promised to ensure that this hospital has been expanded,” said Kagwe.