Leaders from Nakuru raise red flag on rising cases of COVID-19

Written By: Hunja Macharia/Dennis Rasto
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Nakuru County Leaders have expressed concern over the rise of COVID-19 infections in the 11 sub-counties in the County.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui said over 80 percent of hospital spaces in public facilities in Nakuru are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients while private hospitals in the region are no longer admitting patients as they are full to capacity.

Speaking during the burial ceremony of Nakuru’s Lanet Umoja location Chief Francis Kariuki, popularly known as the ‘tweeting chief’, Kinyanjui said 75 percent of infections were recorded among men, adding that trends indicates that individuals aged 55 years and above and those with underlying health are at risk of being infected.

Chief Kariuki who rose to prominence after he resorted to using Twitter to fight crime was eulogized as a noble and dedicated public servant.

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 The Governor said the department of health had doubled the test target population from 1,000 to 2,500 in seven sub-counties adding that a significant proportion of cases that have turned positive were asymptomatic.

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He said in the past six months no health worker or front line staff at public health facilities has been infected with the disease.

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri expressed concern that Kenyans have adopted a careless and relaxed attitude by ignoring protocols put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic such as social distancing, wearing face masks, washing and sanitizing hands.

“These are not normal times. Countries whose citizens have taken a careless or relaxed attitude have suffered greatly. Let us not follow their example.  All leaders must also obey the law and be good examples to the public instead of convening political rallies,” the MP said

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Kimani seized the opportunity to petition the national government to consider resettling thousands of people in Njoro Sub-County who were evicted from state owned forests twenty years ago.

Governor Kinyanjui observed that over 5,000 people who were kicked out of government forests years ago are now squatters on a 5 acre piece of land within Kasarani Village in Elburgon.

He said he in talks with the national government to have the squatters allocated an alternative parcel of land and called on politicians not to milk mileage out of the situation.

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He called on politicians to separate the ongoing debate on proposed Constitutional reforms from the 2022 presidential succession and restrain themselves and their supporters from incitement and divisive politics.

Mr Kinyanjui noted that though in his opinion the Building the Bridges Initiative (BBI) guaranteed Kenya’s future stability, any amendments to the Kenyan constitution should be people-centered.

He said the current debate on BBI constitutional reforms should be structured in a manner that will not polarize the country along political and ethnic fault lines

“All proponents of reforms should clearly bring out key issues for review and discussion. All suggestions on the amendments should come from Kenyans. Politicians must stop engaging in debates that may cause dangerous political hatred,” The Governor said.

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