Healthcare workers among confirmed Covid-19 cases in Wajir

A healthcare worker. Wajir County has lost one healthcare worker to Covid-19 since the outbreak of the disease in March. 

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What you need to know:

  • The county health department said all the healthcare workers received home-based care.
  • Five of them recovered and one succumbed to the virus.

Six health workers have contracted the novel coronavirus in Wajir County since March.

The county health department said all the healthcare workers received home-based care. Five of them recovered and one succumbed to the virus.

The victim was a frontline health worker who was tasked with capacity building of community health workers on the prevention and control of Covid-19 in rural areas.

So far, Wajir has recorded a total of 36 positive cases since it reported its first case on April 30 and has tested 1,399 Covid-19 samples.

Speaking while receiving the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) donated by the European Union (EU) and UNFPA, Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi lauded the health workers for their efforts in flattening the Covid-19 curve in the county and their sacrifice in takin care of patients.

“Despite the high risk posed by this virus, our health workers have been able to fight this disease head-on and we really appreciate their efforts,” said Mr Abdi.

Some of the items donated to the county include, gumboots, safety goggles, disposable gloves, KN95 protective masks, sanitisers, handwashing stations amongst others.

The county boss urged the residents to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of the virus.

He further advised them to visit the health facilities and undergo voluntary testing for Covid-19.

“The more we test the more we will be able to get the true picture of the virus situation in our county,” he said.

Mr Abdi stated that the virus had greatly affected the lives of the residents, majority of whom depend on pastoralism for their livelihoods.

The governor said that the virus had led to reduced crop and livestock production, reduced performance of the livestock market among other effects.

He further said that he directed all staff including non-essential workers to resume work in a bid to improve service delivery.

“We have recalled our staff to optimise service delivery and I call upon the people of Wajir and other stakeholders to work together diligently in reviving our economy,” said Mr Abdi.