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No Oxygen supply failure deaths in Nakuru, County official states

Nakuru County has an oxygen production plant capable of producing 900 litres of oxygen per minute and supplies all public and private hospitals in Nakuru and at least other five neighbouring Counties with the essential commodity.

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The County Government of Nakuru has refuted claims by a section of media that three COVID-19 patients have succumbed as a result of oxygen supply failure at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

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

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

According to County Director for Communications, Ms Beatrice Obwocha, the three succumbed to COVID-19 related complications in different hospitals.

The Hewa Tele oxygen production plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

“Note, the Department of Health reports COVID-19 deaths that occur in public and private hospitals,” Ms Obwocha responded to Journalists following up on the matter.

She further explained that yesterday, the County reported three COVID-19 related deaths and non was from the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital or a public facility in the region.

Nakuru has so far reported 7, 429 COVID-19 positive cases and 211 related deaths since the pandemic was first reported in the region on March 30, 2020.

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US affirms red alert on Kenya over high COVID-19 cases

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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The US Embassy in Kenya at Gigiri, Nairobi.

The United States of America has reiterated its travel advisory against Kenya issued on April 20 over the surge in COVID-19 cases, days after President Uhuru Kenyatta eased COVID-19 containment measures imposed last month.

The President in his Labor Day address lifted the ban on the movement by road, air, and rail into and out of the five counties; Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru.

He also allowed for the reopening of bars, restaurants and religious services. Also, schools will be allowed to reopen in line with the Ministry of Education calendar.

And now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

The US Embassy in Kenya says it is unable to secure a bed or other medical care for USA citizens at private or public hospitals, nor can it provide medical care for private citizens.

“If you must travel to Kenya at this time, you should have travel insurance that includes coverage for an air ambulance evacuation in the event you have symptomatic COVID-19,” the US Embassy in Kenya advised.

The Embassy further advised its citizens that they cannot travel on a commercial airline out of Kenya if they are acutely ill with COVID-19 and advised them to maintain strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.

As of yesterday, Kenyan had recorded a total of 160,904 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases from 1,688,106 cumulative tests since the pandemic hit the country last year.

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Nakuru to upgrade medical Oxygen production capacity

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

The County Government of Nakuru is upgrading its medical oxygen manufacturing plant at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital to meet the high demand occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said in the past the County had enough supply but a deficit arose with more COVID-19 patients requiring emergency oxygen in large quantities and over time.

The Governor revealed that the County had made a conscious decision to upgrade its medical Oxygen production capacity and from next week would be advertising for the upgrade bids.

“We want to produce 2,000 tonnes of medical oxygen per day. This is not just for now but also for years to come as part of our emergency planning,” he stated in an interview.

The current plant produces 1,200 tonnes of medical oxygen per day and supplies to all public and private hospitals in Nakuru and at least five neighbouring Counties.

He stated that the current COVID-19 situation in India, one of the worlds top leader in quality healthcare services, has taught humanity that no one can claim to be adequately prepared for medical emergencies.

He added that his administration was also increasing Intensive Care Unit and staff capabilities to enable the County to deal with such eventualities now and in the future.

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Nakuru rich spreading COVID-19, says DCC Wanyonyi

Governor Lee Kinyanjui asked residents to do anything within their power to ensure they don’t contract COVID-19 or infect others.

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Senior government officers are to blame for the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in Nakuru Town East sub-County.

Area Deputy County Commissioner, Eric Wanyonyi, said the group was flouting COVID-19 protocols by jamming social places.

“The local mwananchi is not there. In most cases when we chase people around, only people with big cars are there,” he stated.

He warned that the tendency had made the COVID-19 pandemic be christened as a disease of big or senior people.

The administrator was speaking yesterday at Afraha Stadium during a groundbreaking ceremony to upgrade the facility.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui asked residents to do anything within their power to ensure they don’t contract COVID-19 or infect others.

“In the last two weeks, we have seen a remarkable change in behaviour in terms of anti-COVID-19 compliance,” he stated.

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