Kakamega County Headquarters shut down amid surge of Covid-19

Kakamega Governor Wycliff Oparanya [photo: The Star]

Oct, 29th 2020 – Kakamega County Headquarters has been closed after 57 health workers tested positive for Covid-19. Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said that the County Headquarters will remain closed for seven days, to allow for fumigation of the premises.

He added that all County Government employees shall be subjected to a Covid-19 test. He said that home-based care should be adapted so as to decongest the health facilities that have been stretched.

So far, Kakamega County has lost seven patients to the disease, with 316 cases reported since June out of which 57 are health workers. “Today I have chaired the county multi-agency team which established that the virus is spreading fast in the county because residents have constantly ignored the protocols and restrictions that had been put in place by the ministry of health to curb the spread of the pandemic,” Oparanya said.

Senior officers in Oparanya’s office are also affected. The team has reinforced adherence to Covid-19 protocols and restrictions and making sure that all learners wear masks and should observe social distancing.

Political rallies and church services that lead to political rallies have also been banned. The Assembly has asked the general hospital to carry out mass testing for MCAs and staff. The Hospital management has however complained that they do not have enough testing kits.

Dr. Collins Matemba, County health services executive, has said that plans are underway to relocate Covid-19 patients from the general hospital to Likuyani Subcounty Hospital.

In Bungoma County, the Assembly will remain closed for a further 14 days after six Members of County Assembly and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

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