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Political gatherings suspended,curfew extended

Meanwhile,the national dusk to dawn curfew has been extended to 3rd January 2021.However,the curfew hours now stands at 10pm to 4am.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta.PHOTO/Courtesy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Wednesday suspended all political gatherings and rallies for 60 days.

Addressing the nation after holding a meeting with counties’ leadership on matters COVID-19,he said the political rallies have been taking place with no observance to containment measures.

The Head of state calling on leaders to be role models by adhering to the measures.

“I hereby order that all political gatherings and rallies suspended for a period of 60 days” he said.

Meanwhile,the national dusk to dawn curfew has been extended to 3rd January 2021.

However,the curfew hours now stands at 10pm to 4am.

The government has also ordered that all bars and restaurants that had been opened to public to only operate up to 9pm daily.

The operators at the bars,restaurants and liquor selling points to ensure compliance or risk licenses being revoked.

In addition,all Cabinet Secretaries,Chief administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries now ordered to scale down engagement within government to virtual.

Public service servants of 58 years and above will now be allowed to operate from.

On Education,the government has directed that all candidates continue with their learning while basic education classes resume in January 2021.

The President urging MPs to engage NGAAF and CDF Boards towards reopening of schools.

He says the Boards should now focus on enhancing hand-washing points,facemasks and general sanitation in schools.

While reiterating the need for better coordination between levels of governments,the President has directed that counties maintain isolation bed capacity.

And in Counties where there will be upsurge of COVID-19 cases,the national government will engage the specific county and might declare lockdown and other restrictions.

The government has also commenced a campaign dubbed ‘No mask,no services’.

The President says this will help in ensuring members of the public wear masks while in public places.

“Services will not be offered on people who do not observe protocols.No mask,no services” he said.

The Ministry of Interior also tasked to constitute a special inclusive enforcement unit to enforce protocol.

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Nakuru county gets second consignment of PPEs

Nakuru County Director Medical Services Dr.Daniel Wainaina who received the PPEs on behalf of the County Government of Nakuru called on residents to continue adhering to the COVID-19 containment measures.

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Equity Group Foundation Chief Commercial Officer Polycarp Igathe(Right) handing over the PPEs to Nakuru County Director of Medical Services Dr.Daniel Wainaina.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The County government of Nakuru has received the second consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board and Equity Group Foundation.

Speaking when he graced the event at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, Equity Group Foundation Chief Commercial Officer Polycarp Igathe noted that healthy healthcare workers are key to win the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that the PPEs which are part of the Sh1.1Billion Kitty of the Equity Group are meant to   to inspire Medical workers as they go about their work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The PPEs are meant to inspire our healthcare workers who have continued to sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19”  he said.

Igathe once again assuring the healthcare workers of the improved quality of the PPEs which are manufactured locally in factories such as Nakuru based Bedi Investment.

According to the Equity Group CEO, 99 percent of the PPEs are produced locally in various factories in the country.

This, he said is a way to ensure that not only matters health are considered but also improving local businesses.

“We are not only tackling health but also improving businesses and that is why we have the PPEs manufactured locally” he said.

He commended what he termed is macro leadership of the national government saying it is key in transforming the Society.

“As Equity Group we shall continue to complement the Government’s efforts in various sectors be it health or education” said Igathe.

Nakuru County Director Medical Services Dr.Daniel Wainaina who received the PPEs on behalf of the County Government of Nakuru called on residents to continue adhering to the COVID-19 containment measures.

He stated, “If we fail to observe the containment measures we shall end up overwhelmed as healthcare workers.”

Dr.Wainaina noted that the second consignment is key in the whole the battle against COVID-19.

He also lauded the frontline healthcare workers adding that despite Nakuru having been reporting high cases in the recent, the response from county healthcare workers is notch higher revealing that none of staff at isolation centres has contracted the virus.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru Level 5 Acting Medical Superintended Aisha Maina.

 

 

 

 

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Equity Group Foundation,Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board commence distribution of second consignment of PPEs

The consignment includes 266,000 respirator masks, 2.7 million 3- ply surgical masks, 50,000 reinforced disposable gowns, 2 million pairs of nitrile gloves, 60,000 pairs of medical scrubs, 50,000 coveralls with shoe covers, 300,000 head covers, 55,000 face shields, 34,000 pairs of goggles and 200,000 disposable aprons.

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Dr.James Mwangi(Chair Health Committee COVID-19 Fund Board) and Phyllis Wakiaga (Procurement Committee Chair) officially handover PPEs to Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital Med Sup Dr.Joseph Jumba at a past function.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Equity Group Foundation and the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board have commenced the distribution of the second consignment of locally manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) to public hospitals across all 47 counties.

All final year medical and dental students from 11 universities with medical and dental schools will also benefit.

This is part of its  sustained efforts to protect medics from the COVID-19 virus.

The consignment includes 266,000 respirator masks, 2.7 million 3- ply surgical masks, 50,000 reinforced disposable gowns, 2 million pairs of nitrile gloves, 60,000 pairs of medical scrubs, 50,000 coveralls with shoe covers, 300,000 head covers, 55,000 face shields, 34,000 pairs of goggles and 200,000 disposable aprons.

The consignment worth Ksh 125M will be  distributed to public hospitals.

While the consignment designated for final year medical and dental students is valued at Kshs 10M, bringing the total value of the consignment to Ksh 135M.

A total of 11 universities whose final year  students were recalled to complete their studies, include – University of Nairobi, Moi University, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University, Egerton University, Kenya Methodist University, Mount Kenya University and Uzima University will benefit from the PPEs.

They will be issued to the final year medical and dental students based on their needs.

Commenting on the exercise, Dr James Mwangi Equity Group Managing Director and CEO, who is also the Chair of the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board Health Committee noted that both Equity Group Foundation and the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board remain committed to fulfilling their promise of supporting the medical fraternity serving in public hospitals with  PPEs.

This,he said will safeguard health workers serving on the frontline in mitigating the COVID- 19 pandemic.

“With the escalating numbers of COVID-19 cases, it is critical that we protect our healthcare workers who continue to serve with fortitude. This second round of PPEs will equip even more of our healthcare workers. Now that the finalist medical students have resumed classes and clinical rounds, we felt that they too should be protected as they apply themselves in their last practical lap of training alongside their colleagues at the frontlines,” said Dr Mwangi.

Similar to the establishment of the Hospital Liaison Committees, the medical student associations in the various universities have come together to establish working committees led by students who are part of the Equity Leaders Program.

The working Committees will serve the primary purpose of managing and tracking the use of the PPEs as well as share feedback on the quality of the PPEs.

They will also identify the various needs that they may require support to ensure that they remain safe while serving Kenyans.

The Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board Chair, Jane Karuku reiterated the Fund’s commitment to remain at the forefront in strengthening COVID-19 mitigation measures.

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Nakuru oxygen plant fuels neighboring counties in COVID-19 era

The plant fills cylinders, which are then used to provide oxygen directly to patients or to provide a supply for manifold systems in Intensive and High Dependency Units.

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Hewa Tele oxygen plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital. Photo/Simon Mutai

The COVID-19 pandemic has left patients literally gasping for breath in various hospitals across the country due to lack of oxygen and oxygen accessories.

However, in Nakuru County, an oxygen plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital has ensured a steady supply of high-quality medical oxygen for COVID-19 patients and other procedures.

The Hewa Tele plant that is capable of producing 900 litres per minute of oxygen supplies all public and private hospitals in Nakuru and at least other five neighbouring counties with the essential commodity.

Medical oxygen gas refill process. Photo/Simon Mutai

The plant fills cylinders, which are then used to provide oxygen directly to patients or to provide a supply for manifold systems in Intensive and High Dependency Units.

“The plant has ensured that the hospitals are not overcharged for medical oxygen as well as averting delivery delays and occasional stock-outs,” said Nakuru Level 5 Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Joseph Mburu.

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