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County launches COVID-19 test drive on hotel workers
The County Government of Nakuru has launched a mass COVID-19 testing program targeting the business community in the region.
Top on the list is the hospitality sector in a move aimed at ensuring all hotels and restaurants comply with the set public health measures against COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui has stated that the County will facilitate and expedient safe reopening of businesses affected by the pandemic as part of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
The Department of Public Health aims at testing over 10, 000 workers in the hospitality sector for the next two weeks at the Nakuru PGH Annex Hospital.
County Public Health Officer Mr George Gachomba said 124 people have been tested in the last three days.
“The exercise targets establishments that have applied for consideration, inspected and certified by the Department of Public Health,” said Mr Gachomba.
He revealed that only 200 establishments have so far applied for evaluation and warned that others found in operation will be met with broad and far-reaching actions.
“Those cleared will resume operations under strict guidelines such as a 14-days valid permit and tests every two weeks,” he stated.
Ms Edith Itsutsa of Gilanis Restaurant thanked the County Government of Nakuru for coming up with the program stating that resumption of services will enable them to re-earn their livelihoods.
Mr Antony Ndumia a chef at Merica Hotel dispelled rumours that the extraction of samples was uncomfortable and urged other facilities to avail their workers for the tests.
Already, all frontline healthcare workers have undertaken the COVID-19 tests and none tested positive. The workers will be subjected to regular tests.