Nakuru County is facing a health crisis after available hospital beds began to dwindle in the wake of an upsurge in Covid -9 cases.
County Commissioner Erastus Mbui told a County Covid-19 Emergency Response Committee meeting held at the Governor’s office that the spike in confirmed cases could spell doom for a health system that is already overwhelmed and health workers who are already worn out.
Mbui told members of the committee that stricter containment measures were inevitable given the casual manner in which residents were treating the protocols already in place.
He expressed concern over the laxity being displayed even among government officers who should be setting a good example to the general public by being at the forefront of adhering to the set rules.
In his remarks, Governor Lee Kinyanjui noted that after a series of random testing in rural areas that were previously thought to have few or no infections, the number of confirmed cases among people without any signs of ill health were surprising.
He said that in view of the spike in infections, his administration was considering enforcing tighter containment measures in collaboration with the national government.
The governor warned that his administration would not hesitate to revoke trading licenses of establishments whose clients blatantly disregard the measures put in place to help stop the spread of the virus.
Kinyanjui said that the government could not continuously engage in a cat and mouse game with individual violators of containment measures and would instead hold accountable matatu, bar, restaurant, supermarket and shopping mall owners who allow people without masks or fail to take temperature and provide sanitizers at their premises.
The governor noted that hospitals in the county were overwhelmed by the number of patients in the facilities, a situation that was partly brought about by too many referrals from neighbouring counties.
“This situation is dire and especially now that schools that had been set aside as isolation facilities have been reverted back to their normal settings in view of the partial reopening,” Kinyanjui further said.
He urged all residents to take personal responsibility for their lives and those they care about.
He noted that the virus was no longer a faceless enemy given that most people could identify a person known to them who had either been infected or died from the virus.
“It is time we put faces to the numbers being announced every day because they belong to colleagues, relatives or friends,” the governor stressed.
He called for a decrease in physical meetings and urged government officers at both levels to embrace virtual meetings as a way of reducing interactions among colleagues.