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Residents urged to seek health services

Residents of Uasin Gishu county wishing to seek health service in public health facilities have been assured of their safety from Covid-19.
Uasin Gishu County executive for health Everlyne Rotich asked those in need of medical attention not to fear visiting the public dispensaries, health centres and hospitals assuring that all precautions have been put in place to ensure their safety.
Speaking Tuesday during Mashujaa day celebrations at 64 stadium, the CEC said the number of people visiting health facilities in the county had dropped significantly since the advent of Coronavirus in March 2020.
“There has been a reduction of people seeking medical services in our health facilities for fear of contracting covid-19, we know people are sick out there in the communities but fear of Coronavirus is turning them away from seeking health services out of fear,” she said.
“Our health services are fully operational in all public health facilities and we have our health staff on duty 24 hours to serve you, if you are sick, please seek medical care without fear,” she appealed.
She said they have put in place measures to ensure all patients and staff were protected from Covid-19.
There has been a surge in the number of people testing positive for Coronavirus in Uasin Gishu County in the last few days. On Tuesday, the county reported 116 cases being at par with Nairobi County.
The CEC said the number of reported cases had risen to 996 with 20 deaths as a result of Covid-19 and called on residents to strictly observe the Covid-19 precautionary measures as proscribed by the ministry of health to stem the spread.
At the Moi Teaching and Referral hospital (MTRH) the number of Covid 19 cases have increased significantly with the facility CEO Dr. Wilson Aruasa confirming that on Tuesday alone, they had 36 patients in the isolation ward while 70 were under home-based care.
County Commissioner Stephen Kihara expressed concern that cases of coronavirus in the county have steadily continued to rise and urged residents to observe health protocols to protect themselves.
He observed that the county population had relaxed in observing the protocols with customers no longer washing their hands in eateries or business premises or observing social distancing as expected.
“Matatus have also gone back to operating at full capacity exposing their clients to dangers of infection,” he said.
By Kiptanui Cherono

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