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Kajiado reports first Coronavirus death

County Health Minister Esther Somoire has reported that all confirmed Covid-19 patients have been evacuated to various isolation and treatment centres within and without the County

By Faith Nashipae

Kajiado County announced its first Coronavirus death on Thursday June 5, as County tally of confirmed cases hits 88 since the March 13, 2020 when the first case was reported.

According to the County Executive Committee Member for Medical Services and Public Health, Esther Somoire the distribution of new cases reported on Thursday were Kajiado Central 5 (3 local and 2 truck drivers) and Kajiado East -1 (mortality).

Somoire noted that all confirmed Covid-19 patients were evacuated to various isolation and treatment centres within and out of the County.

“Contact listing and tracing by our surveillance team has started immediately. It is so unfortunate that as a County we have registered the first Covid-19 death,” said the Health CECM.

She indicated that the deceased was buried on Thursday as per the Ministry of Health guidelines. “As the County Government administration we would like to pass our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, may his soul rest in eternal peace,” she condoled the family of the deceased.

Somoire said the isolation and treatment centres have 20 patients admitted currently and opined that the number has been steadily increasing.

She further cautioned the residents to be more careful, practice all prevention measures and incase they suspect being infected with Covid-19 one should seek medical attention early enough at the nearest medical facilities. “Kindly let us all continue visiting our health facilities for routine health services and screening,” added Somoire.

The Health CECM reported that the fight against Covi-19 pandemic suffered a setback on Wednesday when the emergency response team were blocked from accessing the Namanga hotspot to take samples, trace contacts and attend to patients.

She said the situation worsened when the County ambulance based in Namanga was attacked at Ilbissil by the community protesting while ferrying a critically ill patient to Kajiado County Referral Hospital.

“Members of the public are informed to avoid blocking life-saving emergency services which benefit the general public,” she warmed.

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