Governor Khaemba tells health workers on leave, retired, to resume work due to pandemic

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Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba speaking to the press

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has ordered doctors, nurses on leave and retired in the County to report to health facilities and help in dispensing services as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads further. The Governor’s remarks come at a time when Trans Nzoia County has recorded at least 18 Covid-19 cases.

Speaking in Kitale, Khaemba defended his decision of calling back health workers, claiming at the moment the County has no money to employ new medical staff. He added that retired health workers have the experience needed to handle patients and equipment that will be used to treat the Covid-19 in specified situations.

Concerning the claims that 10 nurses in the County have contracted the Coronavirus, he refuted the claims, terming them as unprofessional, ill advised and that the allegations only bring fear and unrest among residents. He said only one nurse in the County contracted the virus, and that she had traveled from Nairobi.

On her part, Trans Nzoia Health CEC for Claire Wanyama appealed to residents to observe personal hygiene by washing their hands, to use face masks and to avoid overcrowded places to avoid a further spread of the disease.

Wanyama claimed most people especially in the rural areas have contravened the directives set by the Health Ministry. She said the most affected sub counties are Cherangany, Kwanza and Kiminini, and she urged residents to be extra cautious.