Somoire: Health workers more at risk of contracting Covid-19

The County Health Minister has numerated measures the government has taken to mitigate incidences of the frontline workers to contract the novel coronavirus

By Ruth Seleina

Kajiado Health Minister Esther Somoire has raised a red flag over an increased incidences of Covid-19 cross infections within the health care facilities.

Somoire noted that the Health care workers who are at the frontline in both public and private facilities are at high risk of contracting Covid-19 as number of infections continue to rise each passing day.

While releasing the County report on Covid-19 on June 29, the Health CEC said risks of health care workers’ infection can be mitigated with adequate precautions within the health facilities.

“Some of the current measures to protect our staff include appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and careful donning and doffing of this equipment as a key defense. Our department of Health has continuously purchased and availed this scarce equipment and up scaled our training and support supervision measures to ensure our health workers are safe,” Somoire assured the Health Care workers.

She appealed to all health facilities in the county, public and private, to be extremely careful, and put in-place measures that reduce the slightest possibility of cross-infection.

“We continue to salute all our health workers who are at the frontline in tackling Covid-19 and have been working extremely hard, with heroism, dedication and selflessness to allow the rest of us a degree of reassurance that we will overcome this Coronavirus,” Somoire lauded the front liners.

She said Kajiado has a total number of 223 confirmed cases with 5 deaths and 141 who have reported successful recoveries from the treatment isolation centres.

The cumulative positive cases in the county are now distributed as follows: Kajiado Central 126, Kajiado South 29, Kajiado East 37, Kajiado North 29 and Kajiado West 1.

Somoire urged the residents to observe Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in order to curb the spread.

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