Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced yesterday that Nairobi’s neighboring counties like Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos are at high risk as to the number of cases spread further.
Head of Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya has asked the national government to set aside money for counties as most counties has poor health facilities.
PPE kits that are being distributed in Counties are of low quality and not able to protect health workers in their line of duty.
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, which serves 22 counties, is the latest center to be activated to test for COVID-19. Other testing centers are the National Influenza Laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya Medical Research Institute (Nairobi), Kemri Welcome Trust Kilifi County, Kemri CDC Kisumu County and the Kenyatta National Hospital.
As the virus counties to spread further into counties, the governors are now more concerned as most counties don’t have the tools like ventilators to deal with the virus.
Some medical personnel also lack experience in dealing with the virus hence many are at high risk of contracting the virus or even dealing with an infected person.
Apart from Nairobi County which is fully equipped Machakos County has shown its readiness to handle the virus by setting aside Kenyatta Stadium to be isolation and mass testing center to deal with the disease hence reducing congestion of people county hospitals.
County government of Laikipia through its innovation program has selected some innovators who have been trained in partnership with Dedan Kimathi University to produce personal protective equipment for use during the COVID19 crisis.