It has now emerged that the government may be understating the number of Covid-19 related deaths in the country.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Susan Mochache appearing before the National Assembly revealed that the number of people dying from coronavirus could be much higher than in the government’s daily bulletins.
Mochache said the unreported deaths were those that occurred within the community as the ministry’s daily briefings captured deaths that occurred in hospitals.
Further interrogation by the MPs to the PS revealed that stigma around the disease had made people stop going to hospitals to seek medical attention and thus ended up dying at home.
This comes as coffin and hearse dealers now say their business is booming ‘thanks’ to an increased number of deaths occasioned by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
A recent report indicated that morgues in the country are overstretched, with 60% of the bodies booked in having succumbed to coronavirus and majorly the Delta variant of the disease.
This development led to coffin artisans saying that they could barely keep up with the increased demand and have had to multiply their daily production.
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Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Cop Drags Ruto into Echesa Arms Case
A vehicle impounded moments after leaving Harambee Annex which houses the office of the Deputy President William Ruto was yesterday produced in court as an exhibit in the Sh39 billion fake arms cache case.
The court heard that the suspects were arrested by detectives from the Serious Crimes Police Unit as they drove out of the DP’s office at Harambee Annexe en route to Ruto’s Karen residence allegedly to meet him over the deal.
Chief Inspector Maurice Amari told the court that documents relating to the fake arms tender were found inside a Subaru Legacy, registration number KBY 793N belonging to one Kennedy Mboya, who is charged alongside former Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.
New Leaks Emerge From Statehouse Revealing President Uhuru’s Next Grand Plan Ahead of 2022 Elections
With less than 12 months remaining before next year’s general elections, President Kenyatta has been very vocal on the need to ensure the country is united before going into the polls. He has been very busy engaging other regional leaders to try and bring Kenyans together.
For the past month, Uhuru has met several leaders including Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Gideon Moi. He reportedly expressed his desire to diversify his cabinet by adding new members from the political groups being represented by the leaders.
He reportedly asked the leaders to furnish him with potential nominees as he looks to reshuffle his cabinet.
It has now emerged that President Kenyatta has settled on removing six cabinet secretaries who will be replaced by new ones. According to an anonymous source from Statehouse who spoke to a local daily, President Kenyatta will be making the announcement in the next few days.
Coffin, Hearse Business Booming, Dealers Attribute Trend to COVID-19 Deaths
Coffin and hearse dealers now say their business is booming thanks to an increased number of deaths occasioned by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
For instance, as of Monday, August 30, Kenya’s cumulative COVID-19 deaths was at 4,720, with 700 of them occurring in the last three months alone.
A report by Citizen indicated that morgues in the country are overstretched, with 60% of the bodies booked in having succumbed to coronavirus and majorly the Delta variant of the disease.
Also, coffin artisans said they could barely keep up with the increased demand and have had to multiply their daily production.