Thirty-six teachers are among the over one thousand Kenyans who have succumbed to the coronavirus.
Other 145 teachers have gone to hospitals in the last week seeking Covid-19 medication since their employer, TSC announced that the teacher’s medical insurance will cover Covid-19.
Among the 36 teachers that have succumbed to the virus, 19 died in the month of November, 11 in October, 3 in September while one teacher passed every month between June and August.
Minet Insurance – an insurance company that covers teachers has recorded a surge in the number of teachers flocking hospital facilities to be tested or treated for the deadly virus. This comes after Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia last week announced that teachers will be allowed to access hospitals and use their medical cards for Covid-19-related complications.
Apart from the thirty-six teachers who passed from the virus, the other 928 have lost their lives between October last year to date due to other medical complications.
As of Tuesday, November 24, the death toll from Covid-19 had risen to 1409 after 17 more patients succumbed to the virus. The total number of confirmed positive cases stood at 78,512 while the total recoveries were at 52,709.
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“It is now clear that our numbers have been rising at an alarming rate and just to jog your minds, the positivity rate has been fluctuating between 14% and 20%,” said Health CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.
Dr. Mwangangi said 806 patients have recovered from the virus – 701 were from the Home-Based Care Program, while 105 others were discharged from various hospitals.