I am satisfied with the levels of preparedness witnessed in the County and we will remain alert and ready to protect our people against Covid-19, also known as Corona Virus, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking this afternoon when he led the Nyandarua County Emergency Response Team – comprising of both National and Government agencies – for an inspection of facilities at the J.M Memorial Hospital, Governor Kimemia thanked the teams working across the County for efforts put towards preventing the spread of the virus.
“We must take Corona Virus seriously and put in place every measure required to keep our people safe. We live in a County which has temperatures conducive for its multiplication – hence, we must remain even more prepared and vigilant but avoid creating unnecessary panic,” Governor Kimemia noted.
During the meeting, Governor Kimemia announced a raft of measures and interventions already, or to be effected and aimed at preventing the spread, as well as creating wider awareness to the people.
These include (and contained in a separate statement):
1. Established a County Response Team bringing together all relevant stakeholders and which is meeting on weekly basis to review the situation;
2. Established Sub-County Emergency Response Teams which are meeting every day at the sub-county level and briefing the County Response Team for action;
3. Established a 24-hour Emergency Call Center at the J.M Memorial Hospital Boardroom which is manned by trained personnel to respond to issues raised; the contact number is 0793-379-039, and which has been circulated widely;
4. All travel by County staff outside the country has been suspended; additionally, all non-essential travel, trainings and workshops have also been suspended;
5. Directed the County Secretary and Head of Public Service to develop a framework of decongesting the offices where staff in non-essential services can take leave, while others can work on rotational basis;
6. All visits to the offices by non-staff are highly discouraged and residents are advised to seek other communication avenues which limit personal contact as they seek services; However, all critical and essential services will continue to be provided normally;
7. Established isolation wards in three health facilities namely J.M. Memorial Hospital in Ol’Kalou with eight (8) beds, Engineer County Referral Hospital with six (6) beds, North Kinangop Hospital with eight (8) beds and Ndemi Health Center in Kipipiri sub-county (20 beds) – with a combined capacity of 42 beds;
8. A total of 371 health officers have been trained and we intend to have every facility have between 2-3 officers trained to handle cases emanating from the area, should they emerge;
9. Deployed a laboratory specialist and a Doctor who have been trained on viral testing, to be on stand-by for all tests and examinations for any suspected cases in the County;
10. All night-clubs have been closed and all bars and liquor places will only be allowed to operate up to 11pm;
11. All workshops and seminars in our hospitality facilities across the County, other than extremely essential and authorized meetings, have been suspended;
12. All recreation parks, Gyms, swimming pools and other health fitness centers are hereby closed for 30 days awaiting review and further directions; sporting activities in the County are also hereby suspended until further notice;
13. Enhanced cleaning and fumigation exercises in all our markets will be conducted which includes provision of hand-washing points and continuous awareness creation;
14. All public service vehicles operating in the County and through the County to provide sanitizers and be well ventilated;
15. All cooperatives meetings, whether general or special, large community gatherings, are hereby suspended until further notice; family and funeral gatherings should be restricted to the close family members are the bereaved are encouraged to bury their dead soonest as possible;
16. The County Government has committed an initial Ksh. 10 million from the Emergency fund for purposes of procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and detergents which have been distributed to all our health and public facilities;
17. Screening using Infrared thermometers, training on preventive measures and hygiene, and dissemination of correct information is ongoing in all our health facilities across the County; and,
18. Partnered with other state and non-state actors, including the church leadership, market committees, boda-boda associations, matatu operators, community groups’ leadership, media and opinion shapers in society to disseminate health communication information which seeks to defuse panic and equip our citizens with correct information.