Ngong hospital converted to Covid-19 treatment facility

Ngatataek and Loitokitok KMTC health facilities are also on the process of being converted to Covid-19 treatment centres

By Faith Nashipae

Conversion of the Ngong Sub County Hospital into a Covid-19 treatment facility now enters final stages after patients were asked to seek services from alternative public health facilities from June 24.

County Health Minister Esther Somoire on Wednesday while releasing the County Covid-19 pandemic report stated that Ngong Sub County Hospital has officially been converted into Covid-19 treatment facility as announced early this month by Governor Joseph ole Lenku.

Somoire said other two facilities Ngatataek Health Facility in Kajiado Central and Loitokitok KMTC in Kajiado South identified for Covid-19 treatment are being finalized in order to increase the County’s capacity in terms of managing and treating infected patients.

The Health CEC said patients seeking other routine services at the Ngong Sub County Hospital have been referred to the neighbouring public health facilities which includes Ongata Rongai Health facility, Oloolua Health Centre and Matasia Health Centre.

“Our current County Covid-19 isolation and treatment bed capacity is at 203 with 20 ICU beds. This is a good report as we are making progress towards achieving our target per County of 300 bed capacity,” said Somoire.

She announced that the current cumulative number of Covid-19 positive cases in the county stands at 187 with 4 deaths. The Positive cases are distributed as follows; Kajiado Central 115, Kajiado South 21, Kajiado East 29, Kajiado North 21 and Kajiado West 1.

“According to the numbers in our County the infection rate is still rising on a daily basis and it is upon each individual to take personal responsibility in ensuring their own safety and that of others,” said the Health boss.

Somoire urged the residents to continue observing the Health and Safety guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in combating the spread of Coronavirus disease. Which includes social distancing, wearing of masks in public places and frequent hand washing and sanitizing.

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