Covid-19: Kirinyaga County screens over 15,000 at border checkpoints

Kirinyaga County has screened over 15,000 people in the fight against preventing the spread of Covid-19 into the region.

Last week, the County Government set up roadblocks at Kwa Samakito, PI and Sagana to carry out the screening exercise to individuals travelling into Kirinyaga.

Governor Anne Waiguru said that the screening exercise which involves checking the temperature was aimed at detecting anyone with fever or Covid-19 symptoms and refer them for medical attention immediately.

The checkpoints are manned by the police and public health officers will enable the County to screen about 2,300 people in a day using non-contact gun thermometers.

Screening at the entrance of Kerugoya Hospital

Governor Waiguru said that the County has 30 non-contact gun thermometers being used on the roads and health facilities adding that the County is in the process of acquiring 50 more to cater for all the health facilities in the county.

The Governor, however, said that so far none of the travellers has been detected to have a fever but the screening team is vigilant and ready to handle any case that may be indicative of coronavirus infection.

Apart from screening at the roadblocks, patients and other people accessing health facilities will be screened to ensure no further spread of the virus.

This comes after the National Government barred movement of people into and out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Kilifi.

Governor Waiguru stressed on the need for motorists to cooperate with the officials at the checkpoints to ensure smooth execution of the screening exercise.

She said that the county government has put in place various prevention measures that include establishing hand washing stations in public places, distribution of sanitizers in all health facilities, enforcing social distancing in public areas and setting up of an isolation ward at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital among other measures.


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