The County Government of Turkana through its department for Health Services and Sanitation has procured medical supplies worth more than Ksh 1Million from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) to boost preparedness against the deadly Corona Virus which has officially been declared a Public Health Concern of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Supplies were received and inspected yesterday by the Health CEC Jane Ajele and the Director for Medical Supplies Dr Joseph Epem at the main pharmacy of the Lodwar County Referral Hospital.
Though no case of Corona Virus has been reported in Kenya, the country is on a high alert owing to the identification of Kenya as a high-risk country by virtue of being a regional hub for trade and travel.
This vulnerability has prompted the formation of a National Emergency Response Committee at through a presidential executive order to operate at the national level.
Following a one-day sensitization meeting of all County Health CECs early last week at the National Ministry of Health headquarters in Nairobi, counties were directed to enhance preparedness by boosting supplies and set up proper isolation facilities.
According to Health CEC Jane Ajele, the issue of supplies is now fully dealt with in Turkana as per the directive just like the issue of setting up isolation facilities.
Director Joseph Epem confirmed that the consignment consisted of hand gloves, face masks and the entire set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be worn by health care workers handling suspected and confirmed cases of the disease if it comes to pass.
In addition to the above, Director Epem confirmed receipt of more than 100 pieces of 20 litres jerrycans of disinfectants and sterilisers.
“It is important to note that the procured supplies will also serve the purpose of managing any other infectious disease that may occur. As an integral part of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), the procured PPEs will be used by health care workers as protection from exposure to blood, bloody fluids and other potentially infectious diseases.
According to Health CEC Jane Ajele, the procured supplies will strengthen the already existing measures of preparedness that included a screening of all passengers landing at the various airstrips in the county.