Narok county had by Wednesday recorded 452 cases of Covid-19 and the local department of health has appealed to area residents to continue observing the Ministry of Health guidelines to stem further spread of the pandemic.
Speaking to the press in Narok town Thursday, Narok Public Health Officer Mr. Edward Oludaru Tankoi said among positive cases in the area were 32 health workers and the county administration was doing everything possible to contain the situation through contact tracing.
At the same time, the county has to date lost 17 people to the pandemic, with the fatality rate currently standing at 3.76 per cent.
However, there has been no case of death among health workers in the county, even as the country grapples with a surging numbers of Coronavirus and subsequent deaths even among them top notch medical professionals.
Additionally, some 176 patients have been admitted in various health facilities across the county, since the onset of Covid-19 in the country, where a total of 175 of them have since recovered and gotten discharged.
At the same time, some other 227 patients have recovered from the Home-based care out of a total of 336 who have been put under the programme.
Tankoi said among the biggest challenges faced by the department in combating the Coronavirus pandemic was inconsistent testing due to lack of equipment, stigmatization of those infected, denial and ignorance among residents and failure by wananchi to observe the Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid-19 such as wearing of masks, social distancing and hand washing or use of sanitizer.
He lamented that most residents were no longer adhering to the government protocols, but his department was working hand in hand with the security personnel and local administration in sensitizing the people and also arresting those found flouting the laid down guidelines.
In the recent past, scores of people have been arrested in the county for flouting the Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid-19.
The culprits were promptly arraigned in court for failing to wear face masks, opening bars during curfew hours among other charges.
By Mabel Keya-Shikuku