West Pokot County’s 360 bed capacity isolation centre nearing completion

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West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo
West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo

The West Pokot County government has earmarked a Covid-19 isolation center with a 360 bed capacity in readiness to deal Coronavirus cases. The structure which has been converted into the isolation center was earlier set up as the County School of Government at Aramaget area on 15 acres of land.

This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed all Counties in the country to have at least 300-bed isolation centres to help tackle the pandemic.

The center which is 800 metres away from Kapenguria County referral hospital comprises three buildings where the main multipurpose hall can accommodate 150 male patients, the second building can accommodate between 98-110 female patients, male patients and 100 kids.

Governor John Lonyangapuo who was inspecting the building whose final touches are being finished said the conversion of the facility into an isolation centre is aimed at increasing the County’s isolation bed capacity to handle a possible surge in the number of positive Coronavirus cases. 

The County boss said that the County has trained more than 400 health workers to help in treating patients. “The center can be used for other purposes in case we don’t get Covid-19 cases. We thank the  President for the support he has given us,” he added.

He noted  that they remain on high alert following the confirmation of more than 6000 Coronavirus cases in Kenya.