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The county government has depleted it’s stock of the much required medical equipment despite the health department setting aside Sh 40 million to combat any case of Corona virus.
A spot check by the reporter on Saturday at Migori County Referral Hospital revealed empty shelves with medics claiming they had run short of sanitizers and face masks in the wake of Corona outbreak in Kenya.
A senior medic who was on duty at the facility disclosed to us that no precautionary measure was in place despite the county government alluding that the officials were screening patients at the facility.
But in a press briefing earlier on today , county commissioner Joseph Rotich and County secretary Christopher Rusana outlined a raft of measures the county was taking to combat any case of the dreaded ailment.
Mr Rusana reiterated the health department’s effort to fight any suspected case of the disease by allocating Sh26.7 million to payment of medical personnel tasked with handling suspected cases and Sh13.6 million to infrastructure and medical equipment.
Mr Rotich on his part alleyed fears of porous border points noting that there was heightened cross border surveillance and screening of people leaving and entering the county.
He noted that plans to educate residents on the disease were also underway at the Sirare, Muhuru Bay, Guitembe and Kopanga border points, through which many people travel daily.
Cross-border surveillance at the Isebania border point found a fully furnished treatment centre with a team of health experts to handle emergencies.
Public Health Chief officer Phidale Majiwa last week spoke of plans for a medical centre in Nyatike, instead of the Migori hospital, saying it is best-suited to accommodate patients.
“There are plans to create a 52 bed capacity isolation center in Nyatike Sub-county owing to its vast tracts of land and proximity to Lake Victoria.
The place also has an airstrip as well as an old European cemetery, making it ideal for evacuation in case of severe attacks,” he said.
“We are engaging the political class to enable us set up a 52-bed facility in Macalder. That political goodwill is key,” he added.
Elsewhere, the Seventh Day Adventist church in Ranen Conference administrative area has cancelled all planned and ongoing crusades over fear of coronavirus.
The conference’s director, pastor Bering Ngore said all churches in the conference that covers Migori and part of Homa Bay counties have been instructed to cancel the crusades and inter-church gatherings.
Pastor Ngore said church pastors and elders have been instructed on the move until when government gives an ok of gatherings.