203,000 screened for Covid-19 in Turkana County so far

Written By: KNA/Peter Gitonga

More than 200,000 people have so far been screened for Coronavirus in Turkana County, with only two placed under quarantine at Kenya Medical Training College in Lodwar.

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Speaking during the handing over of 10,000 facemasks and 300 bottles of hand sanitisers donated by UNHCR to the County Government, County Executive Committee for Health Jane Ajele said the number of those screened stands at 203,000.

Ajele noted that Kainuk which is the entry point from West Pokot County into Turkana County was among the busiest screening centres together with the Lodwar county referral hospital.

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However the CEC said the County has not started testing for Covid-19 and has been relying on Kitale and Eldoret for testing.

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She said there are 54 quarantine centers in the County in addition to the isolation center at Kanamkemer sub county hospital as well the three other isolation centers in Turkana west sub County at Kakuma which plays host to thousands of refugees.

Ajele at the same time appealed to the National Government to support quarantine centres because they require resources to maintain the patients.

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Govenor Josphat Nanok said the Lodwar county referral hospital intensive care unit would be ready in the next few days.

“The ICU will have three ICU beds, three HDU beds and three ventilators.”He said.

He added that the County Government is in talks with UNHCR on the possibility of setting up an ICU at Kanamkemer sub county hospital.

While thanking UNHCR for the continued support to the County Government in the health sector and specifically in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic, Nanok said the surgical masks would be used by health workers and some of the sanitizers would be shared with police officers.

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Nanok said 900 health personnel have been trained to combat Coronavirus and the others are undergoing training.

There are 1,200 health personnel in the County. They are currently not adequate and the County Government has started the process of recruiting more health staff.

UNHCR senior operations manager Kahin Ismail said in addition to the masks and hand sanitizers donated on Wednesday, the organization had last week donated an ambulance to the County Government to help combat the Coronavirus.


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