Kericho Referral almost at full capacity as Covid-19 infections surge

Kericho County Director of Medical Services Dr Betty Langat has expressed fear that the county’s referral hospital’s facilities will be overwhelmed due to the arrival of Covid-19 patients from other counties.

Langat said that the Covid-19 cases in Kericho County have now risen to a positivity rate of 18 per cent from less than 2 per cent in January this year with available bed capacity now threatened.

Speaking to KNA in her office on Wednesday, Langat said the wards are now almost full and soon they may be forced to decline to admit more cases from neighbouring counties especially from Nakuru.

At the same time, the Kericho County Commissioner Kamau Karung’o expressed the same fear, saying soon beds will be unavailable.

The CC urged members of the public to continue adhering to the Ministry of Health guidelines to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

Langat said that 9,000 people have already received the Covid-19 vaccine in Kericho County and that only 3000 doses are remaining.

Dr Langat in addition expressed concern that nearly 40,000 people aged 58 years and above in Kericho may not receive the vaccine as of now.

She further called on members of the public to be patient as the county awaits more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that is expected in the country.

She added that the residents who have received the first dose will be notified through the SMS on when to take the second dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the government has Wednesday assured all those who have and are taking the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine that they will all get their second dose as planned.

To date, some 325, 592 Kenyans have been vaccinated with the first dose.

In a statement released in Nairobi on the Covid-19 situation in the country, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe however noted that a total of 277 adverse effects from the vaccine have been reported across the country.

“These include headaches and other side effects with the majority of these reported to have cleared within a two-day period,” he added.

Cumulative vaccination status in the counties is that Nairobi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, and Kiambu counties have recorded the highest total number of vaccinations to date at 108,180; 23,511; 18,516; 13,644 and 13,623 respectfully.


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