County targets 1000 bed capacity for COVID-19 cases

The Multimillion  outpatient facility at the Nakuru Level 5 hospital will be converted into and isolation centre once completed to aid in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui says the facility that is at end tail completion will help as it will be able to have 500 bed capacities for the COVID-19 isolation centre.

Speaking at the facility on Tuesday the county boss said his administration is assessing the County’s preparedness on matters COVID-19.

According to Kinyanjui, Nakuru County is targeting 1000 beds of which Nakuru Level 5 hospital will have 500 beds and the rest distributed in other facilities.

“Here at PGH, we shall be converting this new facility that was meant for inpatient to isolation centre with 500 beds. As a county we are targeting 1000 beds” he said.

Counties as per President Uhuru Kenyatta’s address to the nation last weekend should have a minimum of 300 beds in isolation centers.

Kinynajui while noting that the inland container Depot-ICD at Mai Mahiu in Naivasha will handle more cargoes,he said the COVID-19 cases in Nakuru are likely to rise.

This he attributes to the truck drivers at the busy Mai Mahiu,Salgaa and Total centres.

“With the ICD at Mai Mahiu, our numbers are likely to go higher because of the truck drivers and therefore we need as a county to be prepared and that is why we have this facility that upon completion we shall have 500 bed capacity isolation centre” he said.

The county boss adding that his administration is also in the process of working to sensitize the truck drivers.

In addition, the county has announced that the Level 3 health facility at Mai Mahiu will now be upgraded to level 4 at a cost of Sh 350 million.

Facilities at tail end of completion such as the maternity wing in Gilgil will also be converted to isolation centre with 100 beds already there.

Kinyanjui says this will help in dealing with cases of COVID-19 in Nakuru County.

Nakuru County CEC for health Dr.Gichuki Kariuki on his part assuring residents of Nakuru that there is continued surveillance ongoing across the country.

So far Nakuru has recorded 10 cases of COVID-19.

3 recovered and discharged while 7 still retained at county isolation facilities