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Kisumu ready to fight COVID, Governor Nyong’o says

Kisumu Governor, Anyang’ Nyong’o, has provided an update on the county preparedness in dealing with COVID-19.

Speaking during the daily COVID briefing that took place in the county, the Governor said that the county had surpassed the 300 isolation-bed capacity the President had set.

401 isolation beds

“Our isolation currently stands at 401 beds with three major city facilities accounting for 354: Jaramogi Referral Hospital had 139, Kisumu County Referral had 85, while Lumumba Sub-County Hospital had 130. The remaining 47 are spread across our sub-county hospitals,” Gov Anyang’ Nyong’o said in the briefing.

He also stated that the county had a 21-bed critical care isolation centre. They also had 145 ventilators at the Jaramogi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Further increase

Furthermore, Anyang’ Nyong’o said that they had plans to upscale the bed capacities further. This comes as COVID cases rise exponentially outside Nairobi.

“There are plans to upscale the bed capacity here at Jaramogi by a further 200 beds to bring the number to 339 and the county tally to 601 within the next three months. Our quarantine capacity stands at 148 beds,” Anyang’ Nyong’o said.

CS commends sensitization of police, NYS

Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, commended the county’s efforts in sensitizing the police and NYS staff on how to handle people.

He also praised its use of technology to raise awareness of the virus.

“Kisumu County did well on the use of technology through platforms such as bulk SMS and 24-hrs call centres as an effective means of raising awareness on COVID-19 & a vehicle that offers the community the much-needed support during emergencies.”

Kisumu County cases

In the latest data, Kisumu County reported four cases of COVID-19. The county has over 70 confirmed cases of the virus.

With data showing increased of infections outside Nairobi, county preparedness has become the fore agenda for the Ministry of Health.

Recently, the Ministry announced that they would scale up testing in counties, and urged governors to improve contact tracing.

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