Coronavirus: County governments receive 5000 protective kits

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is also the COG chair during a past press briefing at the county headquarters. PHOTO: FILE

The county governments have received 5,000 personal protective equipment kits for their health care workers.

According to the council of governor’s chair who is also Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the 5,000 kits for the health workers are part of preparedness measures put in place to curb the attack of the deadly Coronavirus that has continued to wreak havoc across the world.

The 14 counties that are categorized as high risk (Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu, Kiambu,Uasin Gishu, Kajiado,Nakuru, Wajir and Garissa) each is reported to have received 10,000 personal protective Equipment kits given their status as point of entry or their proximity to those that are points of entry

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The chair added that the emergency operations centers have been activated in all counties and the rapid response teams put in standby to monitor and investigate any suspected cases in the counties.

He further said that all the 47 county governments have developed contingency plans and budget of two percent of the total budget of the county to guide the implementation of preparedness and response activities in view of the threat posed by importation of COVID-19 into Kenya.

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“We wish to assure the country that there is no cause for alarm at the county level as stringent preventive measures have been put in place. We urge all members of the public to remain vigilant as the risk is still high and to continue taking precautionary measures such as maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene, safe food handling practices and avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections,” Said Oparanya.

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In the last 24 hours Globally, the situation stands at 113 702 confirmed (4125 new) 4012 deaths (203 new) China 80 924 confirmed (20 new) 3140 deaths (17 new).

In Africa, Algeria has 20 confirmed cases, Egypt 59, South Africa 13, Senegal 4, Cameroon 2, Nigeria 2, Burkina Faso 2, Tunisia 5, Togo 1, Ivory Coast 1, and the Democratic Republic of Congo 1.

East African countries are yet to confirm any case of the virus.