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Kenya to recruit more medical personnel as first coronavirus case confirmed

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – The national government is set to recruit additional medical staff to enhance surveillance following the confirmation of the first coronavirus case in the country on Thursday.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced Friday the confirmation of coronavirus case in the country, on a 27-year-old Kenyan student who arrived from the US on March 5.

The National Security Council chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday resolved to have more medical personnel hired as part of countermeasures to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“Additional medical personnel be recruited and retained on an emergency basic contract to support the precautionary management measures to enhance surveillance and check any possible spread of the coronavirus in the country,” State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena stated in a statement to newsrooms.

The virus which exploded in China’s Wuhan City in Hubei Province has claimed 4,600 lives with over 126,000 people infected globally out of whom 67,000 have recovered.

China, which suffered the brunt of the outbreak has since managed the situation, with very minimal new cases reported lately.

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