Kenya: COVID-19 - Nakuru County Creates More Isolation Wards

The Eye Unit at Nakuru Level Five Hospital has been converted into isolation wards as part of the county's preparedness to deal with any case of coronavirus in the region.

At least more than 60 residents have tested positive which has resulted into one death so far. The eye unit services have been transferred to Annex Hospital.

According to County Chief Officer in the department of Health, Samuel King'ori, the unit was selected because it is at the entrance of the hospital.

"The Eye Unit is isolated from the main hospital and will not interfere with other services," said Mr King'ori

The isolation ward has 32 beds and will be used by a special team of 233 health care workers to deal with any detection of the coronavirus.

The County Minister for Health Kariuki Gichuki said the county was prepared as all precautionary measures have been put in place.

"We have more than 100 sets of Personal Protective Equipment and thermos gun thermometers, adequate supply of oxygen, fluids and other emergency drugs," said Dr Gichuki.

At the same time Dr Gichuki said committee revolving around leadership, case management, surveillance, laboratory, prevention and communication units have been constituted.

"The committees will supervise various activities while rapid response teams in all the 11 sub counties and the county referral hospitals have been reactivated," said Dr Gichuki.

The hospital has intensified its information dissemination platforms and formed a WhatsApp group to facilitate faster communication including daily updates from World Health Organization.

Dr Gichuki said an emergency fund has been set aside in case of any eventuality.

"We are on high alert and all our ambulance vehicles and drivers are on standby to respond to an outbreak related to coronavirus in the county," said Dr Gichuki.

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