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Nakuru County Admits Having Fewer Covid-19 Patients in its Isolation Centres Than Cases Recorded

Elgar-Gesare 06/25/2020

Isolation centres in Nakuru have fewer Covid-19 patients than those who have actually tested positive for the virus.

CECM Health Services Dr Kariuki Gichuki said that that though the county has recorded thirty confirmed Coronavirus cases, only 13 are in the county's isolation centres.

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Photo: Nakuru County Health Executive Member Dr Kariuki Gichuki. (Source/Courtesy).

He however said seven patients have recovered from the virus and have already been discharged.

Dr Kariuki revealed that the remaining number of positive Coronavirus cases belong to truck drivers who were tested at the Maai Mahiu mobile testing centre but proceeded with their journeys to other counties after the exercise.

"We have less numbers of patients in our isolation facilities than those who have tested positive because most of them are truck drivers," said Dr Kariuki Gichuki.

The CECM however clarified that the drivers have since then been traced and placed in isolation centres in other counties.

He added that, "they were tested at Maai Mahiu Mobile testing unit and proceeded with their journey. They were traced in other counties and placed in isolation for management."

Dr Kariuki revealed that of the 13 patients in isolation, eight are admitted at the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital (PGH) in Nakuru town while five are at an isolation facility in Naivasha.

"To date, we have 30 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Nakuru County. Seven patients have recovered from the disease and discharged."

"We have 13 admissions, eight at the PGH COVID-19 isolation facility and five at the Naivasha isolation facility," the county health executive disclosed.

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The Health executive assured the public that they are monitoring the Covid-19 situation across the county adding that they have set up a checkpoint at the Nakuru-Naivasha highway to ensure long-distance truck drivers entering the country have attestation certificates.

In addition to that, Dr Kariuki said surveillance and screening of truck drivers is ongoing at Naivasha and Mau Summit areas.

He also revealed that they are conducting contact tracing of the latest Coronavirus patient, a 34 year old female mall employee in Naivasha.

"The latest case is in Naivasha. The patient is aged 34 and worked in a mall. She is in our isolation facility and our surveillance team is conducting conducting contact tracing," he said.

The county executive committee members for health revealed this in a statement issued on Thursday June 25, 2020.

On June 23, Nakuru was one of the five towns identified as Covid-19 hotspots, situated along the northern corridor.

This was attributed to the high numbers of trucks entering and making stopovers in the county at Mai Mahiu, Naivasha, Kikopey, Gilgil and Salgaa areas.

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