The Ministry of health has stressed the need to take personal care of one self and loved ones. Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe urged Kenyans not to operate casually as the war against COVID 19 wages on

This comes as Kenya’s COVID 19 case load  reached 8,250 after 183 people tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours. This is from a sample of 2061. Giving the updates of the pandemic, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new cases comprise 6 foreigners. 119 of the cases are males. In the new cases, Nairobi county is leading with 100 cases followed by Machakos with 37, Kiambu 14, Mombasa 13, Kajiado 11, Nakuru 5 and Busia 3.

This even as 90 patients have been discharged from various health facilities after recovering from the disease. Sadly three more people have succumbed to the disease

And while urging Kenyans not to lower their guard against the virus, Kagwe lauded the president’s advice to Kenyans to take personal care even as the country opens up in the wake of the covid 19 pandemic

Meanwhile, the taskforce on Mental health, s inaugurated on 11th December 2019, and comprised of a multi sectoral team from the Ministry of Health, and other agencies under the leadership of Dr. Frank Njenga, has recommended among other things the establishment of a mental health commission to advice and continuously monitor on the status of mental health and report on the annual national happy index. It has also recommended the provision adequate financing for mental health in line with international best practices.’

Depression and anxiety disorder, followed by substance use disorder are the leading forms of mental illnesses in Kenya even as grim statistics reveal that one in every 10 people suffer from common mental disorder, with those attending outpatient services being more susceptible to succumb to the disease.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Kenya’s mortality rate due to suicide is ranked 29th worldwide with an estimate of 5.6 per 100,000 persons.

While pointing out that mental health illnesses have been compounded by the COVID 19 pandemic, Kagwe pointed out that alcohol abuse is prevalent among the youthful age group. He decried the poor bed capacity for the high number of mental illness mortality rate

“Depression and  anxiety disorders are the leading mental illnesses diagnosed in Kenya, followed by substance use disorders. Among the different types of substances, alcohol contributes to the largest burden of substance use related illnesses in Kenya.Of great concern alcohol abuse is most prevalent in the 18-29-year-old age group”, CS Kagwe said.

While receiving the report, CS Kagwe said a semi autonomous institution will spearhead the mental health reforms and will train personnel in top notch mental healthcare.