Homa Bay County is one of the counties which have embarked on the purchase of single crank hospital beds in line with the presidential directive that each county should buy at least 300 beds.
The County has so far bought 86 beds in the first phase, 10 digital blood pressure machines, 166 cellular blankets, bedside cabinets 14 pieces which will be used in the isolation centres due to the surging number of coronavirus patients across the country.
Speaking on Wednesday at his office when he was distributing the items, Homa Bay County Governor Cyprian Awiti said that the county will spend Ksh 67 million in the developing and putting equipment in the identified isolation centres in the region.
The governor who was accompanied by the County Executive Committee Member in charge of health Prof Richard Muga further said that the isolation centres will be used to isolate coronavirus patients saying that the Ministry of Health has projected that the county will have at least 677 Corona patients by September this year.
“We will use Ksh 38 million in the renovation, Ksh 24 million purchasing 300 hospital beds each coasting 80,000, ” Awiti said
The county boss further said that the isolation centres are already identified in each of the seven sub-counties in the region saying that Tom Mboya has a capacity of carrying 40 beds, Pala Masogo 30 beds, Nyangiela 20 beds, Ober 40 beds, Pala Koguta 30 beds and Nyagoro isolation centre which has the capacity of carrying 30 beds respectively.
“Ndhiwa Sub County is the largest in the region and that’s why we have two isolation centres at Malela isolation centre and Pala Koguta,” the governor said.
Two COVID -19 patients have so far recovered and have been released from the isolation centre.
On June 6 this year the president directed each county to buy beds in readiness of tackling more COVID-19 patients cases due to the surging number of the cases each day.
The president gave a period of between 20 to 30 days for the counties to comply with the directives.