By Jared Oundo,
Kenya through its Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has confirmed the fourth case of COVID 19 in the country. The patient who is currently isolated in a private hospital, traveled from the United Kingdom on 8th March 2020 and arrived in Kenya on 9th March 2020.
Just two days ago, Kenya confirmed 2 more cases of Coronavirus bringing the total tally to three. On March 12, 2020 the first Coronavirus was reported.
At least 27 people that came into contact with the first case of coronavirus were isolated with two testing positive and twenty three turning out negative. The 23 have been cleared from Mbagathi.
The government through its KEMRI laboratories have conducted a total of 111 tests. For the additional 2 positive coronavirus tests, at least 36 contacts have been traced, tested and are being monitored.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that all learning institutions in the country be closed following confirmation of two more coronavirus cases in Nairobi.
It’s a statistic that no one wants to be a part of, but will become a reality for approximately one in five women: Heart disease kills a woman about every 80 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
Heart disease and stroke can affect women at any age, and new research shows that heart attacks are on the rise in younger women. Despite these alarming statistics, the attention dedicated to heart disease in women and on identifying solutions continues to fall short.
To compound the issues related to heart disease in women, cardiovascular research is most often performed in men, causing a gap in how this research can be applied to women. Women also respond differently to medications. These are a few of the reasons why it is critically important for women of every age to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same. Women must be their own advocates, and prevention starts with knowing your numbers: total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index. Increasing physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and monitoring your blood pressure are steps every person, man or woman, can take to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Women should also prioritize scheduling an annual exam, and talk to their doctors about any signs or symptoms they may be experiencing.
Females have different patterns of heart disease and heart attacks than males – up to half of females who have heart attacks do not have complete blockage of the heart arteries, which makes it difficult to diagnose and treat. It is more difficult to prevent recurrence in females. Almost one fourth of females who experience a heart attack will have a second heart attack within five years.
Heart disease in women must be addressed through many avenues – including political policies, healthcare research, and personal advocacy. Our legislators must continue to focus on legislative and regulatory policies at all levels of government that will help improve women’s heart health. As healthcare providers and scientists, we must continue to push for more research. As females, we must continue to advocate for ourselves and for those we love.