Governor Major (Rtd) Dhadho Godhana said Tana River County has received 1500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the national government.
Addressing the press at his residence in Hola yesterday, the Governor affirmed that they are well prepared as a county to manage the third wave of Covid-19.
“To ensure excellence in management of Covid-19 as witnessed in the first and second wave, we have a complete treatment unit, case management unit and disease surveillance unit which are centralized at the Hola Referral Hospital,” said Godhana.
To increase the uptake of the AstraZeneca vaccine the county is conducting training for its health workers.
“We have so far vaccinated 238 frontline workers therefore, the ongoing training on health workers are for those who will administer the vaccine,” Godhana said.
The governor urged residents who are 58 years and above to come forth for the vaccine since they are considerably at high risk.
The governor allayed fears and said the county has 89 beds and are expecting more. The governor also said they have ability to upscale bed capacity as they monitor the disease.
He added, “We have 15 oxygen cylinders, 6 have oxygen while we will refill 9 cylinders.”
The governor further urged Tana River County residents to observe Covid-19 public health protocols since they are not out of the woods yet, adding that County enforcement officers will continue to work with the police to ensure adherence to Covid-19 public health protocols is observed.
“We have realized many people have lowered their guard and some people visits county government offices in droves, businesses no longer provide sanitizers to their customers,” Godhana warned.
By Sadik Hassan and Simon Guruba