Nakuru draws lessons from Ebola in fight against COVID-19

The County Government of Nakuru is referencing on lessons drawn from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa nations to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both are highly infectious viral diseases mostly spread through human contact and contamination through bodily fluids. But unlike Ebola, COVID-19 is airborne.

The Department of Health has incorporated some 42 healthcare officials who volunteered and joined the Ebola response programs between 2014 and 2016 into the fight against COVID-19 in West Africa.

The County Director of Medical services Dr Daniel Wainaina said the ‘Ebola Heroes and Heroines’ brings on board a wealth of key strategies, among them prevention of personal infection, to the COVID-19 team.

He was speaking at a COVID-19 training session for lab technicians, biomedical experts, nurses among other frontline healthcare workers at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

Following the directive by the national government for counties to identify possible facilities that can act as corona virus isolation and treatment centers, the County Government of Nakuru has identified Egerton University, Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology, Nakuru Girls and Nakuru Boys high schools as COVID-19 isolation and treatment centers.

Nakuru County has established a reporting system for suspected COVID-19 suspected cases by calling 0724 320 853 and 0722 337 018.

Nakuru County has so far reported two positive COVID-19 cases.

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