Boost for COVID-19 war as county gets more ventilators,ICU beds

The County Government of Nakuru has received ventilators and ICU beds to aid in the management of COVID-19 cases.

The 20 respiratory ventilators and 9 ICU beds will be set up at the COVID-19 isolation facility at the Nakuru County Level 5 Hospital.

County Health minister Dr Gichuki Kariuki said the essential equipment were purchased at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency to meet the World Health Organization standards.

Nakuru County has so far recorded 3 COVID-19 positive cases where 2 were healed and discharged while the other is under management.

He added that the County Government of Nakuru is working with other partners to set up a COVID-19 fully-fledged testing laboratory in the region.

Collection of samples is ongoing at the Nakuru County Level 5 Hospital, Mai-Mahiu Health Centre and Naivasha sub-County Referral Hospital.

Counties across the country are grappling with shortage of intensive care unit facilities  including beds and ventilators as the number of corona virus infections continues to spread across the country

County governments have been urging the national government to allow them procure medical equipment from other suppliers as opposed to currently where they are only allowed to trade with the Kenya medical supplies agency (KEMSA).

Procurement bureaucracy at KEMSA has been blamed for the delays in delivery of medical supplies to health facilities run by county governments.


Ambole Okata
Author: Ambole Okata

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