202 Health Workers Join Laikipia County Public Service
Updated on: Jul 28, 2020
Two-hundred-and-two health workers have joined the Laikipia County Public Service in the last two months as the government strengthens its capacity to fight Covid-19 pandemic.
These include One (1) anaesthetist, four (4) clinical anaesthetists, 105 nurses, 15 Lab technicians, 15 public health officers, 12 pharmacy technologists, 15 clinical officers and 12 medical officers.
In total the county now has 109 doctors in its service, with 25 of these in school. They are distributed as follows: Lamuria two, Doldol
three, Kimanjo two, Rumuruti four, Ndindika three, Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital 22 and Nyahururu County Referral Hospi-tal 18.
NTRH has the following specialists: two family doctors, an orthopedic, a physician, a surgeon, an obstetrician and a psychiatrist. Nyaahururu County Referral Hospital has the following specialists: an anesthetist, a surgeon, a physician, a pediatrician and an internal medicine specialist. The newly recruited staff are critical in the fight against the surging cases of Covid-19 patients.
Before lockdown was lifted on 6th July, 2020, the county had only 3 confirmed cases of covid-19 but on 23rd July 2020, barely three weeks away, the number had risen to 37.
It is notable that there has been laxity by members of public to follow the laid down guidelines and public health measures which is attributed to the rising cases of Covid-19 in Laikipia county, Dr. Lenai Kamario, CECM Health said.
The densely populated areas in the major towns such as Majengo and Manguu in Nanyuki and Nyahururu respectively are being fumigated to curb the spread.
Additionally, six ventilators at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital (NTRH) have been installed, and other four expected to be installed soon.
Five more ventilators will be installed at the ICU facility in Nyahururu Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Laikipia has prepared three quarantine and isolation centres with a target bed capacity of 424.
The department of Health has made efforts in preparing communities for home based care of Covid-19 patients.
Citizens are urged to adhere to the simple guidelines provided by Ministry of Health such as regular hand washing, avoiding clouded places, wearing masks correctly, among others to prevent infection.