COVID 19 technical team lauds Kirinyaga County on preparedness

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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KNH CEO Dr. Evanson Kamuri

The National Government Covid-19 technical assistance team has today lauded Kirinyaga County’s efforts on preparedness against the spread for Covid-19.

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During a tour of the various isolation centers around the County, the team led by Dr. Evanson Kamuri, CEO Kenyatta National Hospital observed that the County has already set up around 200 beds in the various facilities identified as isolation centers.

The County Government has set up isolation centers in Kerugoya Level Four Hospital, Kimbimbi Health Center, Baricho Health Center, Kianyaga Health Center and Sagana Sub-County Hospital.

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Dr. Kamuri noted that there is great need for Counties to establish compressive isolation centers that will cater for all the other ailments that Covid-19 patients could require.

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He said that the technical team is on a mission to establish what the Counties have done on Covid-19 preparedness as well as the challenges they are facing in order to see where they can forge partnerships to enhance the capacity of counties to fight the pandemic.

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Also in the delegation was Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO, Amref Health Africa who urged County Governments to mobilize resources through multi agency response teams in order to enhance the capacity to manage the pandemic.

The technical team observed that with the rising cases of corona virus infections, Counties should now consider turning one Health Center into an entire Covid Center. In that case, he said, alternative facilities should be identified to offer primary health care for the community whose health center would be turned into a Covid Center.

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Kirinyaga County registered its first positive case of corona virus after inter county borders were opened with cases rising to 27 within a month.

The County Government is continually urging residents to strictly adhere to the laid down prevention measures to curb spread.

The County has not registered any fatality while 3 patients have been successfully treated and discharged.

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