2,500 trained on COVID-19 infection control as County intensifies preparedness

Over 2, 500 trained on COVID-19 infection control as County intensifies preparednes

Ward Administrators and the Kenya National Union of Teachers-KNUT officials are the latest key people to be sensitized on the COVID-19 surveillance and prevention measures.

The first training was conducted on January 29 on healthcare workers by virologists and epidemiologists from the Washington State University and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Today’s training was conducted by County Head of Preventive and Promotive Health Services Mr Gerald Maina and County Epidemiologist Dr Jacob Rotich at the Old Town Hall.

So far, over 2, 500 people drawn from various organizations such as police, Kenya Red Cross, media, hospitality industry, transport sector, private hospitals, and markets among others have been trained.

Tomorrow, the same will be extended to community health workers and volunteers with tailor-made sessions on public health measures against the COVID-19.

On Thursday, all 11 sub-County health managers in charge of dispensaries and health centres were trained on surveillance, management and personal protection measures.

Public Health CO Mr Samuel King’ori said pieces of training have been devolved to all sub-County headquarters to reach as many groups and people as possible.

“The County Government of Nakuru is placing more emphasis on infection prevention and control through public health measures,” noted Mr King’ori.

KNUT –Nakuru Chapter chairman Mr Kabiru Kuria said his organization is mobilizing resources to support the ongoing efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic by the County Government of Nakuru.

The County Government of Nakuru has dedicated 0724 320 853 and 0722 337 018 for residents to report suspected COVID-19 cases.

According to the World Health Organization, people positive for COVID-19 may experience a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, fever and difficulty breathing in severe cases.

Experts have recommended social distancing, regular hand washing, not touching the face (mouth, eyes, nose and ears) as the main precautionary measures to contracting the COVID-19.