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12 recoveries registered in Turkana county so far

A Heath worker at Lodwar county government displays protective gear during the press conference on Monday July 20, 2020. Photo by Peter Gitonga/KNA.

Some 12 people who had previously tested positive for Corona virus in Turkana county have fully recovered, the County Director of Medical Services, Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel has confirmed.

Addressing the press in Lodwar on Monday, Lokoel said the county had recorded 28 active cases since the pandemic hit the country in March.

“We have 15 active cases at the moment, four at IRC Kakuma hospital and 11 at Kanamkemer sub county hospital in Turkana central,” said Lokoel adding out of the 15 only one is symptomatic.

In addition, the director said the county has managed to screen 597,389 cases so far.

Among the busiest screening points are at border of West Pokot and Turkana county at Kainuk, Lodwar county referral hospital and Lodwar  Airstrip which resumed operation on July 17 after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the ban on domestic air travel.

“A total of 1,250 samples have been collected so far. More samples are being collected for surveillance and administrative purposes,” he added. He said a total of 100 people were in quarantine as at Monday July 20, 2020.

Speaking at the same presser, County executive committee member for Health, Jane Ajele urged residents to take personal responsibility and adhere to health protocols.

“There is no cause for panic as our officers are doing everything possible to assist those infected,” stressed Anjele.

On his part,  the County  Chief  Officer for Health, Roberts  Abok, said the price of a full protective gear which previously sold at Sh.16,000 now costs Sh.7,000-8,000 while the cost of a pack of 50 masks has also dropped drastically.

By  Peter  Gitonga

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