Waiguru Ecstatic After Receiving Sh 116 Million in Race to Establish 300 Covid-19 Isolation Beds
Kirinyaga County’s race to establish the mandatory 300 bed capacity Covid-19 isolation wards got a shot in the arm after receiving Sh 116 million from the national government to complete the project.
A joyful Governor Anne Waiguru, whose county had lagged behind in establishment of the wards said the establishment process had already begun. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The county currently had only 14 bed isolation wards at Kerugoya referral hospital.
Waiguru said the funds would go into procuring beds and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as well as capacity building of health care workers.
She said that the process of procuring the equipment had already been initiated in accordance with the presidential directive to fast track the enhancement of Covid-19 management capacity in counties.
The county currently does not have any single facility that can accommodate 300 bed capacity.
To achieve this, the county government has prioritized the completion of one wing of the upcoming medical complex at Kerugoya Referral Hospital to set up a 200 bed Covid-19 isolation ward.
Other isolation wards will be set up at Sagana, Baricho, Kianyaga and Kimbimbi Sub-County hospitals.
Waiguru said that the county will not be using the previously designated learning institutions since there are indications that the Ministry of Education may be reopening them soon.
So far the county has not registered any Covid-19 case apart from one positive person who was traced at Kutus having been tested at Malaba Border.
Out of 120 samples from the contacts taken for testing, none has turned positive.
Governor Waiguru has attributed the absence of Covid-19 cases in the county to the stringent prevention measures that the county government has adopted and consistently enforced.
She said that from the time the first case was reported in the country, Kirinyaga County resolved to combat the pandemic through prevention as the first line of defense and it has since been relentlessly enforcing the prevention guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
Some of the prevention measures that the county government has been implementing include, continuous public education on prevention guidelines such as hand washing, enforcement of social distancing, fumigation and installation of hand washing facilities in public places.
The devolved government has also been distributing masks and foodstuff to the vulnerable people across the county as well as partnering with other institutions in provision of sanitizers and PPEs for use by Covid-19 frontline workers.
She also said that the county government has maintained a stringent disease surveillance system that includes screening of the people crossing into the county from other counties, contact tracing and ensuring that people put on quarantine adhere to the laid down protocols.