By Kiptanui Rutto
Nearly four months since the first index of Covid-19 case was discovered in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, the country is still braving itself in fight against the surge of the virus.
Kajiado remain the high risk spot among the counties since it is sandwiched between Nairobi, the epi-centre of the spread of virus and a 700 km stretch of the Kenya-Tanzania boundary.
The county also border six other counties of Narok, Nakuru, Kiambu, Machakos, Makueni and Taita Taveta. Therefore, it is a playground of cross border transmission both locally and internationally.
“It couldn’t have been more apt than to choose our county to be the launching pad of this important effort; an effort geared towards the fight against this marauding pandemic,” the County’s Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said.
According to Governor Lenku, the tremendous negative impact of Covid-19 has effectively been devolved. The rising cases of intra-county, inter-county and inter-community transmissions clearly confirm that the virus is now with us; and is affecting our people’s lives in scales that we may take a while to recover from.
He said with the dire need to set the pace in their preparedness to contain Covid-19, his government has taken several measures including setting up five isolation centres in their health facilities.
“These are Kajiado Referral Hospital, Kitengela Sub County Hospital, Ole Kasasi Health Centre, Namanga Health Centre and Oloitokitok Sub County Hospital. We have set aside Ngong Sub County Hospital, Ng’atataek Health Centre and the KMTC Oloitokitok as Covid-19 Hospitals and Treatment Centres. In fact, health services that were being offered here have been referred to neighbouring facilities,” he stated adding that they now have 20 ICU beds in the county and planning to scale up this to 50 ICU beds.
Among other Governors , those present during the recent function were The UNDP Resident Representative, Walid Badawi, The United Nations family led by Resident Coordinator, Siddhart Chatterjee, Health PS, Susan Mochache, Devolution PS, Charles Sunkuli, Devolution CAS, Hon. Abdul Bahari, The County Assemblies Forum CEO, Judy Oduma, Speaker, Hon Johnson Osoi.