Four patients have successfully recovered from the Covid-19 disease in Turkana county as at 3rd July 2020. This was confirmed by Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro during a press briefing held at the Turkana County Headquarters in Lodwar on Friday.
Following the recoveries, the current number of active cases in the county remains at 17. However, the cumulative total of infected cases stands at 21. So far, no single death has been reported.
According to the Deputy Governor, the significant milestone can be attributed to the strengthened coordination and leadership arising from continuous meeting of the Turkana County Emergency Response Committee meetings at the county and sub county levels.
Lotethiro also said that the county leadership has tirelessly worked around operationalization of all the requisite policies and guidelines for the effective control and management of the highly infectious disease.
“Apart from contact tracing and active case search, our teams of dedicated healthcare workers have screened 533,402 across the 20 screening sites in Turkana,” Lotethiro said.
While noting the adequacy of medical commodities and supplies for the effective management of the Covid19 situation in Turkana, Lotethiro added that the county is in the process of equipping and expanding it’s 49 quarantine facilities from the current 310 to 1064 beds.
On isolation units and ICU, Lotethiro clarified that isolation units will be increased from the current 18(with a bed capacity of 154) to a total of 40 units with an increased bed capacity of up to 400 beds. The county will also increase its ICU capacity from the current 3 beds to 13 beds in the next one month.
During the briefing, the Deputy County Boss said that the county has so far tested 523 samples through both targeted as well as random collection methods in the community and the Kakuma refugee camp which is a Covid19 sentinel site.
According to the Deputy Governor, 10 of the current active cases are in Nadapal, 2 cases are at the IRC hospital isolation ward in Kakuma while the remaining 5 are under home based care at the UNHCR compound in Kakuma. The four cases that had recovered were released.
The Deputy Governor was flanked by the Health CEC Jane Ajele and the County Director for Medical Services Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel.