Oparanya: Only 3 patients are under home care plan

Thursday, September 17th, 2020 23:36 |
Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, also the Chairperson of the County of Governors at a previous event. Photo/PD/FILE

Only three Covid-19 patients are being treated under the home-based isolation care after 1,587 fully recovered.

Council of Governors (CoG) said there were 1,590 patients under home-based isolation care across the 47 counties but all but three had since been discharged after recovering fully.

CoG chair Wycliffe Oparanya asked Kenyans to continue implementing home-based care and adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Oparanya said there are 1,881 patients in active quarantine facilities while 830 people confined in public quarantine facilities have been released.

He said 19,493 tests have been carried out in 43 counties of which 149 healthcare workers tested positive and they are all receiving treatment.

Oparanya also announced that county governments through the Council have developed a socio-economic re-engineering and recovery strategy, which consists of 47 plans, that provide interventions to be implemented during the Covid-19 containment and the recovery process.

“The plan seeks to provide solutions aimed at boosting local manufacturing, job creation, cushioning the vulnerable and building a strong emergency response system between that links the county governments and the national government,” Oparanya said.

In order to reduce the spread of the virus, Oparanya said counties have embraced non-motorised transport systems during this period of the pandemic.

In this regard, county governments have developed and customised guidelines issued by the national government on Covid-19 public road transportation.

“This has improved safe non motorized transport systems especially in informal settlements,” Oparanya said.

Oparanya said counties have been struggling to manage Covid-19 waste materials like face masks which members of the public were littering.

“Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic there has been an influx of solid waste which has posed a challenge of safe and structured management of Covid-19 waste,” Oparanya said.

He said the council had developed guidelines for hazardous waste management in the counties.

The council, he said has scheduled a training for county officials in charge of waste management in order to raise awareness on the guidelines.

The COG chair however lamented that the ministry of Health has unduly delayed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would have seen the Belgium government support the installation of Microwave medical waste equipment in 15 counties.

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