PRESS STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN NYANDARUA COUNTY, RELEASED IN OL’KALOU ON AUGUST 1ST, 2020

When Cabinet Secretary for Health Services Hon. Mutahi Kagwe visited Nyandarua on June 15th, 2020, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia outlined how the County Government had established a robust COVID-19 surveillance program, which:

i). Identifies all suspected cases;

ii). Aids in case investigation and response; and

iii). Supports contact tracing within the county.

At the time, the County Government had dedicated ten (10) extra vehicles for mobilization and surveillance across Nyandarua from other County Government Departments. Additionally, two ambulances had been set aside for surveillance and response while extra ambulances were at our disposal for unforeseen circumstances. Now, more than ever, our County is beginning to reap the benefits of this foresight.

Today, we recorded five (5) new cases of Covid-19 in our County. This brings the total number of cases to eleven (11). Two (2) are from Kinangop Sub-County, while three (3) are from Ol’Kalou Sub-County. In terms of gender, three (3) are males, while two (2) are females. These new cases were captured through our surveillance teams, which are continuing with contact tracing for each patient.

To enhance our surveillance and contact tracing capability, we are pleased to announce the new number for our preparedness and response center: 0800722018. Do not hesitate to let us know how we may be of assistance to you!

We are further pleased to inform you that five (5) patients have been discharged from our isolation facilities. One (1) patient has fully recovered! Five (5) patients, who remain under home-based care, are all stable. Our medical team will continue to monitor their progress.

To protect our families and communities, let us continue washing hands with soap and running water; observing social distancing; alongside wearing a face mask well to cover the nose and mouth while in public places. Above all, let us keep shunning attempts to stigmatize those among us who are either infected or affected by COVID-19. Together, with God’s help, we will win this war!

HON. (DR.) MUNGAI JOHN NJENGA
COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HEALTH SERVICES