42 in Kisii test CoronaVirus negative

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None of the 42 suspected cases of Coronavirus in Kisii is positive, authorities have said.

However, Sixty Eight people in the county are on home quarantine as the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) gave a thumbs-up for the county’s preparedness against the disease.

Speaking at the Kisii  Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH)  during  the  inspection  of an  isolation  ward for COVID-19 victums, Nyanza Region’s KMPDU chairman Kelvin Osuri  asked other counties to learn from Kisii County on its preparedness.

He reiterated to the public to abide to the directives issued by the government including the dusk to dawn curfews, observe social distance, use sanitizers and follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Health.

The medic said that they primarily do not want to endanger or lose any life.

He stated that they are willing to work with the public and safeguard their lives.

Dr Osuri said that they will support all the counties to fight the pandemic.

County Executive Committee Member (ECM) for Health Sarah Omache said that samples from 18 suspected specimens had been collected and 16 confirmed negative and 2 were waiting for the results.

Mrs Omache said that the county is well prepared to face any emergency of Coronavirus disease.

She said that the county has set aside isolation wards in nine sub counties in addition to the 40 beds at the referral hospital.

The isolation wards in all the sub counties are distributed as follows: Kitutu Chache South 10, Kitutu Chache North 8, South Mugirango 9, Bonchari 6, Bomachoge Chache 8, Bomachoge Borabu 5, Bobasi 10, Nyaribari Masaba 8 and Nyaribari Chache 2.

“At the Referral Hospital, we have put 6 beds ventilated  in the  ICU , 3 beds ventilated   in the  HDU and have also prepared to have  three more beds,” she said.

She pleaded to the public to observe hygiene and keep social distance as a measure to curb the pandemic.

Mrs Omache added that the County has ordered  4000 masks  for it’s staff.

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