Nandi Health CEC says Covid-19 spread is still a concern

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Nandi Health CEC Ruth Koech (centre)

Nandi County has experienced an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the virus already established in the community. As of Tuesday, the County has 71 cases. In an interview with West FM Health CEC Ruth Koech said residents must keep on adhering to the infection prevention guidelines. She said so far the Nandi health officials have tested over 3,000 samples.

The CEC revealed that the pandemic has heavily affected the transport sector, with the spread rate high among matatu operators, “Initially it was the truck drivers but after the country was opened up, the virus has largely been spread by matatu operators who don’t observe the guidelines,” she said.

On sensitization, the Health department is working together with the Kenya Red Cross and community health volunteers to sensitize people on the importance of sticking to the MoH directives. “As a government we also work with the administration, health docket and churches across Nandi to sensitize the masses on the importance of keeping safe,” she stated.

The County has more than three hundred beds in isolation centers and their target according to the Health CEC is to have five hundred beds spread across the facilities in Nandi. Further, ICU centers are in Kapsabet county referral hospital, Nandi hills and Mosoriot respectively, coupled with the fact that the County has embraced home based care.