Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman has recommended a special face mask for the elderly people to protect them from the coronavirus disease.
In his daily Covid-19 update, Dr Aman noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had advised people aged 60 and above to wear the N95 face masks.
The rule also applies to persons with pre-existing medical conditions and care givers to Covid-19 patients, who will be based at home.
“You may be aware that the WHO has issued new guideline, which require people above 60 as well as those with underlying medical conditions are advised to wear the N95 particulate masks at all time when in public places,” said the Health CAS.
He observed that the said group has lower immunity and would easily succumb if they contract the respiratory illness.
The N95 face mask is usually worn by health workers when conducting surgical operations and attending to people with highly contagious diseases such as Covid-19.
The senior health official further said that other Kenyans must put on proper face masks with three layers – the outer layer, the inner layer and the filter part.
According to the WHO, the protective gear reduces the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus disease by 50 per cent.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Health in Kenya confirmed that 95 more persons had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the national tally to 2,862.
On a good note, the country recorded the highest number of recoveries at 97. As of now, 849 people have recovered.
Kenya’s Covid-19 death stands at 85, after one more person succumbed.