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Over 100 people screened for covid-19 in Turkana

A total of 113,652 people in Turkana County have been screened for covid-19 as at Tuesday morning.
County director of health services Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel said 8 of those who had been quarantined have completed the 14 days quarantine period and given a clean bill of health.
Speaking during the county covid-19 emergency response Committee meeting, Dr. Lokoel said 13 others would complete their quarantine period of 14 days in two days’ time.
“By this morning we had screened 113,652 people with the busiest stations being Lodwar county referral hospital and Kainuk entry point,” he said.
Seven of those who have been quarantined were from Nairobi and 4 others among them three Ugandans and a Kenyan who have been quarantined since March 25.
At the same time, the county commissioner Muthama Wambua urged the residents to comply with handwashing rule saying some premises were displaying handwashing containers without water.
Wambua said the government would not allow vehicles to travel to Nairobi to pick people and bring them to Turkana County.
On Monday president Uhuru Kenyatta said residents of Nairobi metropolitan area would not be allowed to travel out of the metropolis.
“We shall also not allow refugees to travel outside the Kakuma refugee camp,” he said.
On his part, county police commander Samuel Ndanyi residents who had claimed that their business premises had been broken into during the curfew to report the matter to police.
“I urge those who allege that their premises have been broken into to report to the police to allow them to conduct investigation,” said Ndanyi.
He reiterated that police would continue to enforce the curfew order as directed by the head of state.
“We shall be firm and fair in enforcing the curfew order and we shall not entertain those who come with lame excuses to defeat the curfew, he said, adding that employers are allowed to let their staff leave work at 4pm to enable them get home in time.
The committee also resolved to be trained on teleconferencing to be able to conduct virtual meetings should need arise.
Meanwhile, some schools had been identified as isolation areas and training of health staff is ongoing to build their capacity to handle the disease.
By Peter Gitonga

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