Kiambu County Governor James Nyoro announced that the County Public Service Board will recruit more health workers to boost the county’s fight against COVID-19.
Nyoro said that health workers in the county have been exposed on how to use ventilators and several health workers and volunteers have been recruited so far to boost the fight against COVID-19.
“We have about 1,200 staff who have been trained and we continue to train more, including our community health volunteers. We have a process of ensuring that we have hired about 5,400 community health volunteers,” Nyoro said.
Nyro added that as of May 28, Kiambu County had hired an additional 200 health workers through the support of the national government and would hire a further 250 others in the coming weeks to revamp its health personnel.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe congratulated Nyoro on Kiambu’s move to recruit more health workers. Kagwe also announced a donation of 1000 N95 masks to the medics of Kiambu County and 200 PPEs.
Nyoro also appealed to the national government to assist the county to get more COVID-19 testing kits and complete the medical facility in Tigoni, which is to be called the Kiambu County COVID Centre.
“In this centre, we have about 45 beds that are set and ready to receive patients. In the new wing, we have capacity for another 200 beds so that, within the county, we will be talking about 300 or so beds,” he said.
“Because we wanted it to be fully dedicated to COVID-19, we realised there is need to have a fully operational ICU of 14 beds, that will require some resources. We will require a radiology department, because of the x-ray and related complications, and ultrasound equipment and a renal unit so that we can be able to do dialysis.”
Nyoro said that he would like to see the memorandum of understanding between Gatundu Hospital and Kenyatta University (KU) fast-tracked so that the hospital can become fully operational as part of the KU Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Nyoro also revealed that his administration was in talks with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology to assist the county in operationalizing its Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) which will ensure the county’s health facilities are interconnected.
Kiambu County is one of the counties in the country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections, though its numbers are significantly lower than those of Nairobi and Mombasa.
Source(s): Kiambu County Government
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