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Turkana Records 12 Covid 19 recoveries

A total of 12 people who had previously tested positive for Coronavirus in Turkana county have recovered from the disease, county director of medical services Dr Gilchrist Lokoel has said.

Addressing the press in Lodwar on Monday Lokoel said the county had recorded 28 active cases since the pandemic hit the country in March.

“We have 15 active cases at the moment, four at IRC Kakuma hospital and 11 at Kanamkemer sub county hospital in Turkana central,” said Lokoel.

Deputy governor Peter Lotethiro (left) receives a consignment of protective equipment donated by Equity Bank foundation from the banks marketing director David Nyamu.
Picture by Peter Gitonga

He noted that out of the 15 active cases 14 are asymptomatic and only one is symptomatic.

In addition, the director said the county has managed to screen 597,389 cases so far.

Among the busiest screening points are at border of West Pokot and Turkana county at Kainuk, Lodwar county referral hospital and Lodwar airstrip which resumed operation on July 17 after the president lifted the ban on domestic air travel.

“A total of 1,250 samples have been collected so far including satellite surveillance activities at Kakuma refugee camp. More samples are being collected for surveillance and administrative purposes,” he added.

With regards to quarantine, a total of 100 people in quarantine as at Monday July, 20.

Speaking at the same event, county executive committee member for health Jane Ajele urged residents to take personal responsibility and adhere to health protocols.

She added that there is no cause for panic and our officers are doing everything possible to assist those infected.

Chief officer Roberts Abok said that the cost of a full protective gear which previously costs shs 16,000 now costs shs 7,000-8,000.

He said a pack of 50 masks has also dropped from shs 9,000 to shs 2,500.

By Peter Gitonga

 

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