Stakeholders urge caution as new Covid-19 variant spreads

Written By: Sylvia Ombuya

Stakeholders in the Health sector are calling for enhanced surveillance in the wake of a new Covid-19 variant reported in parts of the world.

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Narok County Public Health Officer Edward Oludaru Tankoi says the new strain of Coronavirus has been described as more lethal and contagious calling for strict compliance with the ministry of health protocols meant to contain the spread of the deadly contagion.

We have heightened surveillance at the border with our neighbor Tanzania since it’s an international border in order to stem this new variant of Corona virus,” he said.

The caution coming in the wake of a directive by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe requiring all border counties to heighten surveillance in an effort to prevent the new variant from getting into the country.

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Tankoi said they had decided to involve all grassroot leaders including village elders and sensitizing them to ensure the new strain of does not find its way into the country. The county public health officer says over 1,000 health workers in the county will receive the Covid-19 vaccine when it arrives in the country next month.

This even as he decried stigmatization and discrimination of those infected with the virus saying it remains a major challenge in the fight against the Coronavirus.

This fatigue makes the public to let their guard down and this leads to the spread of the virus. Delay in getting results of those tested from the national laboratories can also lead to spread of Corona virus because those who do not know their status continue to interact with other members of the public,” he said.

Narok county has registered 493 confirmed cases of Covid-19 cases as at Tuesday February 16, with about 37 of them being health workers. 


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