Some 24 employees of Synohydro Construction Company that is based in the outskirts of Narok town who tested positive for Covid-19 have been put in isolation at the company’s premises.
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai confirmed that 20 of the patients are Chinese foreigners while four are Kenyans working in the company that is constructing the Narok Sewerage System.
According to the county boss, the foreigners have been residing in the two sites and have had minimal contacts with persons outside of their construction sites.
“Synohydro Construction Company has two sites in the outskirts of Narok town. The patients have been confined in the premises where they will be closely monitored by the medics,” said the governor.
He continued that 190 people who had come in contact with the sick people had been traced and put in quarantine as their tests were taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for testing.
“So far we have 300 samples taken which include the 190 samples from the quarantined people. We are taking nothing to chance because we want to avert the disease from our county,” said Tunai.
He was speaking when he toured Olololunga Sub County Hospital in Narok South Sub County Friday, where he confirmed his administration is in the process of completing the 300 bed capacity for Covid-19 patients at the hospital.
“We are in the process of finishing the construction of 300 beds for Covid-19 patients in this hospital. The work is being done by our local carpenters whom we have employed in a bid to create job opportunities,” said Tunai.
Tunai who was accompanied by top medics in the county led by Executive Member in Charge of Health Morgan Siloma said the county has a total of 27 Covid- 19 confirmed cases.
He said the cases include the first case who has recovered fully from the virus and thus released from isolation after completing the mandatory 14 days and testing negative for Covid 19.
“Two other patients are in isolation at the Narok County Referral Hospital and both have no symptoms of the disease. The two include an employee of Safaricom Shop in Narok town and an employee of Synohydro Company,” said Tunai.
He assured Narok residents that the county government was taking all measures possible to prevent the spread of the disease in the county.
By Ann Salaton