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Mercy Njeri Primary School gets modern hand-washing facility courtesy  of  Wash First Program

The facility is one of the many facilities constructed in schools through partnership of the Wash First Program (The County Government of Nakuru,Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance-CEDGG,Netherlands through the SNV program).

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Nakuru Level 5 Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr.Aisha Maina cuts a ribbon to officially hand over Handwashing facility to Mercy Njeri Primary school.

Song and dance filled the air on Friday at Mercy Njeri Primary School in Rongai Sub county of Nakuru during the handing over of a hand-washing facility.

The facility is one of the many facilities constructed in schools through partnership of the Wash First Project ,The County Government of Nakuru,Nakuru Civil Society Organizations Forum and Netherlands SNV Project.

This took place during an event to celebrate this year’s  Global HandWashing Day, an international event that was first celebrated in 2008 to drive handwashing behavior change on a scale never seen before, bringing the critical issue to center stage.

Speaking during the handing over of the facility to Mercy Njeri Primary school, Wilikister Akinyi from CEDGG was categorical that the Handwashing Facility will go a long way in creating awareness on the COVID-19 precaution measures.

She revealed that their target in the Wash-First Program is schools in ensuring there are hand washing facilities in Naivasha and Nakuru Municipality.

According to Akinyi, training has been carried out in Naivasha on how to wash hands for better hygiene.

“This is key in up-scaling the awareness on COVID-19 pandemic and safety measures” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Peter Rono- one of the coordinators of the activities under the Wash-First Program.

Rono expressed satisfaction that the project has achieved the objective that was intended during the actualization.

He was however quick to note that as stakeholders they will go on with the sensitization of the public on the importance of Handwashing.

“The Program has achieved the intended objective because we can see some behavior change. As we mark this Global Handwashing Day, we are very grateful that the program has also contributed towards ensuring Handwashing. We shall continue to sensitize on the same” said Rono.

Nakuru Level 5 Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr.Aisha Maina who was the Chief Guest during the event at Mercy Njeri Primary, reiterated the importance of Handwashing.

Dr.Aisha noted that if all Kenyans can embrace the Handwashing behavior, then there will be total reduction of diseases in the country.

She called on all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring hand washing facilities up top grass root institutions to avert spread of diseases.

“When we wash hands we reduce diarrhea diseases by 30-50 percent and therefore the need for all of us to embrace this simple behavior” said Dr.Aisha.

 

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County constructs mega Oxygen manufacturing plant at Nakuru PGH

Governor Lee’s administration is increasing the intensive care unit and staff capabilities to enable the County to deal with medical emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and others.

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The upcoming Oxygen plant superstructure

Shortage of medical oxygen in Nakuru County will soon be a thing of the past following the construction of an oxygen production plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The modern plant will be producing 2,000 litres of oxygen per minute and will have a 660kva standby generator to ensure an uninterruptible power supply in the event of a KPLC blackout.

The construction of the superstructures to house the plant and powerhouse is over 90 per cent done. The standby generator and oxygen production equipment arrived in the country early this month.

During the groundbreaking ceremony in August last year, Mr Hillary Kosgei, the Technical Director at Debra Limited said the dual system will ensure uninterruptible Oxygen supply in the event one unit breaks down.

“When the demand for medical Oxygen is low, one machine can rest and this will enhance durability. One unit can refill 48 oxygen cylinders in 24hrs, which is enough to run a hospital,” he stated.

Once complete, Nakuru will be the second County to have such a high-yielding medical oxygen plant in Kenya. The other is found in Uasin Gishu at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

The facility will supplement the 1,200 tonnes capacity per minute plant at the hospital, which is jointly run under public-private partnerships by Hewa Tele Limited and Nakuru County.

The construction of the medical oxygen plant is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s manifesto of improving the state of healthcare services in the region.

Governor Lee’s administration is increasing the intensive care unit and staff capabilities to enable the County to deal with medical emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and others.

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Government launches COVID-19 booster doses vaccination

In March 2021, the government began vaccination against COVID-19 as an additional mitigation measure against the disease.

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The Government will from tomorrow roll out COVID-19 booster vaccine doses for those who have completed the primary vaccination series in the last six months.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the move was aimed at maintaining immunity against the disease, especially with the emergence of highly transmissible variants.

He said healthcare workers, security personnel, teachers, those with co-existing medical conditions and those above 50 years of age will be prioritized.

“I call upon this population to present themselves at the nearest vaccination centre for this crucial shot,” he stated in his New Year State address.

In March 2021, the government began vaccination against COVID-19 as an additional mitigation measure against the disease.

To date, Kenya has received 23 million doses of assorted vaccines and 10 million doses have been administered to Kenyans.

“In the past few months, we have witnessed an increase in vaccination rates; and so far 15 per cent of the adult population is fully vaccinated,” he noted.

He said the country currently has 13 million doses of the vaccines and targets to vaccinate over 30 million Kenyans by the end of December 2022.

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Alarm as COVID-19 positivity rate hits 37.6%

The CS has urged Kenyans to remain cautious and vigilant during the festive season, as the country is still in the midst of a pandemic.

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The Ministry of Health has announced 1,596 new cases of coronavirus from a sample size of 4,242 tested in the last 24 hours.

The country’s positivity rate is at 37.6 per cent.

In a statement on Monday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said from the cases 1,454 are Kenyans while 142 are foreigners, and that a total of 879 patients are females and 717 are males.

The youngest patient is an eight-month-old child while the oldest is 91 years.

This brings the total confirmed positive cases to 284,150 and cumulative tests so far conducted are 2,994,912.

The CS has urged Kenyans to remain cautious and vigilant during the festive season, as the country is still amid a pandemic.

“I would like to urge Kenyans, not to engage in mass parties, but if they have to, do it outdoors and observe the Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines and protocols,” Kagwe said.

Distribution of cases

Nairobi has 683 cases, Siaya 213, Murang’a 133, Uasin Gishu 75, Kajiado 73, Kakamega 62, Kiambu 55,

Nakuru 53, Migori 48, Kitui 38, Kericho 33, Nyeri 26, Kwale 19, Laikipia 14, Homa Bay 14, Kirinyaga 13, Embu 13, Marsabit 9, Turkana 6, Machakos 5, Meru 5, Kisii 4 and Makueni 2.

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