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.


County receives water tanks to aid in hand washing campaign

The County Government of Nakuru welcomes partnerships in strengthening the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak preparedness capacity.

According to Governor Lee Kinyanjui ,his office will be reaching out to civilians, among them retired military officers, for training to help carry out public health awareness drives.

So far, the Kenya Red Cross paramedics and volunteers, hotel owners and workers, teachers and private hospitals owners have been trained on COVID-19 surveillance and preventive measures.

The Governor said Nakuru County would invest heavily in infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies and asked stakeholders’ interventions in combating the pandemic.

On Thursday Target Health Education, supplemented the County Government of Nakuru’s interventions by donating 40 tapped water tanks of 70 litres each to be installed in public areas for hand washing.

The organization also donated 15 litters of hand washing liquid soaps in addition to offering tailor-made public health education program to populations at risk of contracting COVID-19.

While receiving the equipment, CECM for Health Dr Gichuki Kariuki said the COVID-19 has strained health systems and only collaborative partnerships would help meet total resource requirements.

He revealed that the handwashing equipment will be installed in bus parks, markets and other populated areas to prevent the introduction of the spread of the virus in Nakuru County.

Target Health Education project Manager Ms Jemimah Mureithi expressed her organization’s commitment to supporting Nakuru County’s critical role in combating COVID-19.

She said Target Health Education would avail public health awareness volunteers and various educational tools.

Ms Mureithi called on other like-minded partners to come on board and help manage the public health emergency that has so far killed over 9, 800 people globally.

The County Government of Nakuru has dedicated 0724 320 853 and 0722 337 018 for residents to report suspected cases to Nakuru County Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) medical team.


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