News Categories: Health

12 Feb
By: NGPU 0

County ‘raises the bar’ with COVID-19 prevention efforts

The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with the Amref Health Africa, Ministry of Health and Kenya Breweries Limited to strengthen the County’s COVID-19 response in the hospitality industry.

This is in line with Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s commitment to ensuring that the sector rebuilds economically from the year-long COVID-19 prevention protocols and contain further infections.

The County has trained 26 Public Health officers and critical actors such as bartenders and managers in the implementation of COVID-19 infection prevention controls in bars and other social areas.

Acting Director for Public Health, Ms Elizabeth Kiptoo said health experts have listed bars as COVID-19 super-spreaders and there’s a greater need to creatively focus on the sector, especially with the emergence of the new strain.

The County, working closely with the Nakuru County Bar Owners Association, will support the post-training follow up, monitoring and regular supervision to ensure compliance to COVID 19 regulations.

Ms Lynn Makungu, a project officer at Amref Health Africa said the organization will provide information, education and communication materials to all the premises across the County.

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10 Feb
By: NGPU 0

Ksh 600 million radiotherapy facility at PGH Nakuru almost complete, expected to be operational in July

The Ksh 600 million radiotherapy facility at Nakuru Referral Hospital is almost complete and expected to be operational in July.

This facility will complement cancer treatment services offered at the Oncology centre which currently offers chemotherapy only.

On Wednesday morning, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui accompanied by his Deputy Governor Dr. Eric Korir went on a site visit to inspect the progress of the centre. The two leaders were joined by a team from the Ministry of Public Works led by Arch. Benjamin Ahura.

During the tour, it was revealed that with the radiotherapy equipment, up to 80 cancer patients will be able to receive treatment per day. This will significantly reduce cases of referrals to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

At the moment, training and recruitment of medical staff who will man the facility is ongoing. Installation of some of the accessories and equipment is also being carried out.

Governor Kinyanjui noted that this facility would come in handy across the region.

In 2020, 15,000 patients were treated at the Oncology centre. This reaffirms the need for quality cancer treatment services not just for patients in Nakuru County, but the nearby Counties as well.

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