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At least 400 Lamu Health Workers and Hoteliers Targeted for Free Covid-19 Testing

MwagungaThoya 06/25/2020

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At least 400 health workers and hoteliers are targeted for free Coronavirus testing in Lamu County.

The County Health Department has announced the plan, saying the first phase of the exercise is already ongoing in the various parts of the region.

Speaking in Lamu, County Chief Officer for Medical Services and Public Health, Victor Tole said the two groups of workers were picked for the exercise considering the nature of their job involves coming into contact or interacting with a high number of people per day.

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Dr Tole said the nature of work for health workers and hoteliers’ puts them at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

He said the main testing centre for Covid-19 in the region is situated at the King Fahad County Referral Hospital.

Dr Tole encouraged the health workers and hoteliers to visit the centre in large numbers in order to get screened and tested for the dreadful disease.

He said apart from King Fahad, the county was also planning to establish other testing centres in Mpeketoni and Faza Sub-County hospitals in Lamu West and East respectively in the next few weeks.

“We’ve launched the exercise to test all our health workers and hoteliers against Covid-19. The exercise is free and I encouraged doctors, nurses and any other health staff to ensure they’re tested. We also call upon our hoteliers to also ensure they’re tested for CVopvid-19,” said Dr Tole.

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Lamu is among the few counties in the country which have not recorded any case of Covid-19 since the first outbreak was announced on March 12 this year.

Mass Covid-19 testing for the rest of the Lamu population is set to kick off immediately the ongoing testing of the health workers and hoteliers is completed.

Lamu has a population of 143,920 people according to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Report.

Locals in the area have been pushing for the mass Covid-19 testing to be launched in Lamu in order to ascertain the exact number of people suffering from the disease if any.

Mr Said Muhdhar supported the move by the county government of Lamu to commence Coronavirus testing for the medics and hoteliers saying it has come at the right time.

“The exercise is on time. We can’t say Lamu is free of Covid-19 at a time when testing isn’t being done. We expect immediately after they’re done with the medics and hoteliers, all the residents in Lamu will also get tested for Covid-19,” said Mr Muhdhar.

Mr Joseph Khanore expressed disappointment that people from counties affected by Covid-19 including Kilifi and Mombasa continue to flood Lamu County every day; something he said might easily contribute to Coronavirus transmission to the region.

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“Kilifi has been recording Covid-19 cases. Mombasa and Kwale have also been recording such cases. It’s unfortunate that Lamu continues to receive visitors from those Covid-19 hotspots. It’s high time that the mass testing exercise is launched in Lamu in order to establish the exact number of people affected by the disease in our region if any,” said Mr Khanore.


Source: opera.com
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