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KEMRI explains how 2.7 M Kenyans may have COVID-19

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A study conducted by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Wellcome Trust had warned that over 2.7 million Kenyans may have COVID-19.

The study was based on 2,535 blood samples tested through blood donations collected from several parts of the country.

KEMRI developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) which focused on spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 which was validated and tested numerously.

The researchers concluded their analysis of how antibodies in blood samples indicate whether one was exposed or not.

Antibodies have the capacity to remain positive for months.

“There is a large gap between the confirmed test cases identified by Rapid Response Teams in testing and tracing, and the numbers of individuals in the population that we believe have been exposed,” an excerpt of the report states.

Nairobi County leads with an estimated 12.4% which translates to approximately 550,000 residents out of 4.5 million.

Rift Valley, Nyanza, Central, Eastern, Western and Coast had 510,000, 490,000, 370,000, 320,000, 220,000 and 200,000 respectively.

The gap being referred to is the difference between the cases recorded and the numbers within the model.

North Eastern did not report any case of Kenyans exposed to the virus, out of 41 blood samples collected.

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The report added that Kenyans should be prepared for severe cases of the disease as large numbers of the population exposed would lead models to predict significant numbers of severe cases and deaths.

County hospitals are monitoring for pneumonia which spiked from 137,667 in February 2020 to 195,504 in June 2020.

According to the report, approximately 6,684 deaths will be recorded with 26,093 people suffering from severe diseases.

The study detailed that Kenyans are either not getting severely sickly or are asymptomatic.

It added that the best way of estimating exposure to COVID-19 in Kenya would be to visit randomly selected homesteads to collect and test blood samples.

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Chebet Ronoh opens up on rare medical condition, quitting radio 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Comedian and YouTuber Deborah Chebet Ronoh has for the first time opened up on having panic attacks after getting famous, and her silent exit from NRG Radio.

Ronoh said that she was excited about her radio job but she got to a point where she felt overwhelmed and wasn’t giving it her all and so she decided to quit.

She explained that she was not mentally prepared for her fast rise to fame and this in some way led her to experiencing anxiety. whenever she was around people.

“I left Brookhouse for my radio job. I was so excited about my first job and things were so great everything was happening so fast and like everyone knew me and I didn’t actually mentally prepare myself.

“So I was on radio when I felt like I was unhappy, I felt like I didn’t really want to do it at that time in my life. It reached a point I felt I wasn’t giving it my everything and also it was a bit overwhelming for me and I started to get anxiety a lot because I didn’t know that I was known. Like I’d walk outside,” she said.

Ronoh explained that as she grew famous, and people got to know her, the more she experienced anxiety and panic attacks and this would happen even when fans said Hi to her whenever they met.

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When she attended events, the comedian said she would drink herself stupid to calm herself down, in order to be comfortable around people.

“A lot of people especially older than me would stop me on the road and that began to give me anxiety. I didn’t know it was anxiety until I realized people would Hi and I panic. I just used to get a lot of anxiety, it was so bad that I would literally breathe so heavily when I go out. I used to even drink so much so that I could be comfortable around people,”

“It was so bad and I had feel like a lot of pressure from external and I lost a lot of my realest friends. A lot of people who supported and knew me before I got here. They got tired and that hit me so hard,” stated Ronoh.

According to the comedian, she quit her radio job to focus on herself as a brand which also proved difficult because she had already lost friends, and those who pretended to care and supporting her had also gone.

“When I quit my radio job, I wanted to focus on Ronoh but that was hard because a lot people were leaving me I didn’t have friends,” she said.

Ronoh noted that she felt owned by people because everything she did was criticized and this only discouraged her, and further broke her down, but all that is now in the past and she is coming back, a new Chebet Ronoh.

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Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa charged with fraud

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa was on Tuesday charged with fraudulently selling a car worth Ksh450,000 to John Irungu Mwangi.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) said Mr Barasa pretended he was in a position to sell Mr Irungu a car.

“Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa Wekesa charged at Kajiado Law Courts with obtaining Ksh450,000 from John Irungu Mwangi pretending he was in a position to sell him a car,” the ODPP said.

Barasa was freed on a Ksh100,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to the charges.

The Kimilili MP also faced a second count of fraudulent disposition of mortgaged property.

He accused Mwangi of breaching the agreement saying the sale was made through an intermediary on a willing buyer-willing seller basis.

The MP further accused the businessman of seeking to extort him “under the guise of compensation.”

His lawyer John Khaminwa, claimed that Mwangi extorted his client “under the guise of compensation.”

“The intimidating, oppressive, unreasonable and threatening conduct and behaviour of the police officers is causing the MP to suffer untold mental anxiety with serious ramifications to his mental and physical state in complete contravention of his rights,” the lawyer said.

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Police officer who collapsed while guarding Equity Bank succumbed to heart attack, not COVID-19 – Family

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The family of the police officer who collapsed and died on the spot has revealed the deceased succumbed to a heart attack and not COVID-19 as earlier speculated.

Corporal Harrison Nkuja Gideon breathed his last after collapsing in a toilet at Equity Bank Makutano branch on Tuesday, July 21.

 

Police officer who collapsed while guarding Equity Bank succumbed to heart attack, not COVID-19 - FamilyPolice officer collapsed and died while guarding Equity Bank Makutano branch in Meru town. Photo: Daily Nation.
Source: UGC

The officer was laid to rest on Monday, August 3, in his home in Athiru-Gaiti in Igembe South, Meru county.

As earlier reported by TUKO.co.ke, the officer was said to be unwell in the fateful morning and had vomited before passing on.

The bank hall was cordoned off by the county COVID-19 surveillance team who picked the body after two hours due to precautions related to the spread of the virus.

 

Police officer who collapsed while guarding Equity Bank succumbed to heart attack, not COVID-19 - FamilyThe police officer was laid to rest on Monday, August 3. Photo: Officers Operations.
Source: UGC

Meru Public health director John Inanga said they were called in to collect the body as a precautionary measure since the officer’s death could not be explained.

Cases of people collapsing and dying on the spot have been on the rise, with their cause of deaths remaining a mystery.

A little over a week ago, a man in Mwihoko Estate, Githurai collapsed and died on the spot outside a cereal shop.

The deceased is said to have struggled for a moment before breathing his last leaving the residents stunned.

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Similarly, on Friday, July 17, a woman who was washing clothes at Mlolongo in Machakos county also collapsed and died on the spot.

On Monday, July 20, a middle-aged man fell down and died after alighting from a matatu.

The yet to be identified man had travelled from Buruburu to Dandora before he passed away.

By Tuko.co.ke

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