Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal has denied the Ministry of Health’s reports that indicated that there was COVID-19 in the County which had caused panic among the residents.
The Governor while speaking at Samburu County Referral Hospital stated that after the Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that there was one case from his County, he launched an investigation.
He noted that the case was not from Samburu County but from Forole in Marsabit County and urged his people that there was no need to panic.
He mentioned that his County has been trying to strengthen testing measures and he hopes his region will not have any case.
“The sample is not actually from Samburu. It is not among the samples that we sent to Nairobi. From reliable sources, the contacts have been traced to Forole, Marsabit. We are, however, trying to strengthen testing and we hope we will not have any cases. We have isolation centers and we have also bought ventilators,” he said.
The County boss disclosed that they had procured five fully equipped ICU beds and 250 isolation beds and just needed to strengthen a few logistical issues.
“We have procured five ICU beds fully equipped with ventilators and two hundred and fifty isolation beds. Our isolation centers are up and running we just need to strengthen a few logistical issues,” he said.
The Governor also mentioned that there were three ambulances ready to handle any COVID-19 cases in the County.
He noted that they would be stationed at Samburu North and Samburu East for the purposes of referral in the event the County got a COVID-19 case that was required to be taken to the ICU which is in Maralal.
Moses Lenolkulal pointed out that the County government was pushing to have testing done in the region.
He explained that it would reach a point where there might be a need for testing centers to be fully based in Counties because it takes time for testing results to come out after being sent to Nairobi.