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82 Quarantined at Ruaka Apartment

Eighty-two people who were quarantined at an apartment in Ruaka location of Kiambaa Sub-county of Kiambu County after four people tested positive for coronavirus are abiding by the laid down rules.
Kiambaa Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Peter Maina while talking to KNA on Saturday said the people who had been locked inside the apartment on April 21 were not leaving the premises as instructed by government agencies.
“Their landlord is also co-operative and was making arrangements for them to access anything they needed from outside so as to make them comfortable as they waited for the days to elapse. We are also not allowing any visitors to the apartment named Jalde Heights,” he added.
The eighty-two begun the mandatory quarantine on the same day after they were believed to have had contact with four people who had tested positive for the virus and will remain locked up in the apartment until May 4 , 2020 .
Initial investigations revealed that at least five people had come into direct contact with the patients who were evacuated and taken to hospital for treatment.
The Ruaka quarantine is unique as the people are held up in their houses, therefore making them a bit comfortable as compared to those in other quarantine facilities where they have to pay for their upkeep during the confinement.
So far, the people who have tested positive for the disease in Kiambu County stands at six out of the 343 countrywide with Nairobi leading the pack with 212 cases followed by Mombasa with 79 cases as per Saturday.
The Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) further appealed to the residents within the sub-county and Kiambu County at Large to continue being vigilant and report any cases of people with symptoms so that they could be assisted.
Kiambu County being located on the outskirts of Nairobi which is the city county, hence vulnerability has put in place adequate measures to deal with the disease should the cases go up.
Already, health care workers have been trained and are now ready to handle coronavirus patients.
Additionally, the hospitals of Thika, Gatundu, Tigoni and Kiambu have already prepared quarantine wards where patients with the disease will be admitted and attended to.
Following the Ruaka incident, four wards in Kiambaa namely Muchatha, Gachie, Karuri and Kihara wards were fumigated by the County Government of Kiambu.
Also, Ruaka market has been closed down indefinitely and the affected traders impressed upon to obey the directive as the government endeavors to contain the pandemic.
On Thursday, Governor James Nyoro while touring Thika confirmed the death of one of the four victims.
By Lydia Shiloya

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