News Categories: Health

23 Apr
By: CGK 0

CT SCAN AT THE KAJIADO REFERRAL HOSPITAL

County Government shall continue to scale higher heights in advanced medical services to safeguard its people’s health.

It is with this regard the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho commissioned a modern CT Scan at the Kajiado Referral Hospital that will save our patients long journey and high costs in seeking those services from farfetched places in health facilities.

Training is ongoing from experts to inculcate knowledge to our health staff to enable them to operate the machine.

This is a milestone in bringing health services and a great relief to the County residents. We shall soon start to offer Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services at the same hospital.

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11 Feb
By: CGK 0

KAJIADO CLINICAL OFFICERS CALL OF STRIKE AFTER DEAL WITH THE GOVERNOR

Less than a fortnight after Nurses in Kajiado returned to work after a strike, Clinical Officers from the County have this evening CALLED OFF their two months strike.

The decision was arrived at after a consultative meeting with the County’s administration.

The Clinical Officers went on strike on December 7 demanding a raft of benefits that included better allowances, promotions and supply of Personal Protective Equipment ( PPEs).

The strike had paralyzed services in several facilities forcing the Governor to rally the Department of Health Services to engage the Clinical Officers for an immediate return to work formula.

The fruits of the tough negotiations were evident today when the County Secretary Francis Sakuda, Health Services CEC Member Esther Somoire and the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (ĶUCO) officials led by Kajiado Branch Chairman Victor Kuntai emerged from a meeting at the County Headquarters.

” We have hammered a favourable return to work formular which contained matters touching on working conditions, promotions, personal protective equipment and salaries,” said Mr Kuntai.

He added, “We thank the Governor and our Health Minister, Ms Somoire , for giving us a hearing and agreeing to address our grievances,”.

Kuntai then announced,” We have now called off the strike with immediate effect. We are instructing all the Clinical Officers to be back to work within the next 24 hours,”

On her part, Ms Somoire who was flanked by CS Sakuda and the County Attorney Augustine Sekeyian, announced the Officers’ January salary which had been withheld would be released.

“We shall also not victimize any officer who missed duty during the period of the go slow,” said the Health CECM

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04 Jun
By: CGK 0

COUNTY COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE

The County Government of Kajiado has received reports of 6 new Covid-19 positive cases bringing the cumulative number to 88 patients since the 13th of March 2020 when the first case was reported. The distributions of the new positive cases are as follows;

  1. Kajiado central -5 (3 local and 2 truck drivers).
  2. Kajiado east -1 (mortality).

They were all evacuated to various isolation and treatment centers within and out of the County. Contact listing and tracing by our surveillance team has started immediately. It is so unfortunate that as a County we have registered the first Covid-19 death case, the deceased was buried today as per MOH guidelines. The County Government administration would like to pass our heartfelt condolences to the family and Friends may his soul rest in eternal peace.

Our isolation and treatment centres have 20 patients admitted currently, and the number has been steadily increasing. We would also like to report that our fight against the pandemic suffered a setback when the emergency response team was blocked from accessing the Namanga hotspot to take samples, trace contacts and attend to patients.

Sadly later the situation worsened with our only ambulance based in Namanga attacked at Ilbissil community demonstration while ferrying a critically ill patient to Kajiado County Referral Hospital. Members of the public are informed to avoid blocking lifesaving emergency services which benefit the general public.

Lastly we would like to remind everyone of us to become more careful, practice all prevention measures and incase of any feeling of being unwell, seek medical attention early. Kindly let’s all continue visiting our health facilities for routine health services and screening.

#Covid-19
#StaySafeStayHome
#KomeshaCorona

Esther Somoire,OGW
CECM, Medical Services and Public Health.
Kajiado County

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22 May
By: CGK 0

COVID 19 SITUATION UPDATES

In the last 24 hours our County has reported 2 more cases of Corona virus.This brings the cumulative Kajiado cases to 47.

One is a truck driver at Namanga border and the other is a baby of one of the previous positive case. The truck driver is being evacuated to KU referral hospital while the baby remains with the mother at one of our isolation centres.

There were other 25 positive cases from foreign drivers; 24 Tanzanian and 1 Burundian; they were handed over for treatment to their respective countries.

There are 278 people on quarantine across the County; 88 in South, 68 in East, 48 in central and 74 in North.

Our Isolation centres have 18 patients, 12 at The County refferal hospital and 5 at kitengela hospital.

Prevention and control activities are ongoing.

Esther Somoire OGW

CECM Health Services

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10 May
By: CGK 0

COVID-19 UPDATE

The County Government of Kajiado is keenly monitoring illegal migrants from hotspot areas within the country and neighboring Tanzania.

We note with a lot of concerning of residents not adhering to the directives issued by government especially in our major towns.

Today we report 1 new case, making a total of 8 cases ( 6 active, 2 recoveries and 0 deaths ) reported since 13th March, 2020.The patient a male aged 33years was detected by our surveillance teams at saina estate of Kajiado  town on 7th may, he had traveled from Eastleigh in Nairobi despite the current restrictions on movement, he was taken to our Namanga Quarantine facility. Currently, he has been transferred to KCRH isolation and treatment unit. Contact tracing ongoing.By today a total of 358 tests have been conducted for cases in isolation and Quarantine centres. In addition samples for over 200 truck drivers coming through Namanga and Ilasit borders have been collected and sent to KEMRI for testing, the results are being awaited.

More than 30 contacts of confirmed cases have been traced and transferred to our quarantine facilities.

We wish to remind our residents to observe all prevention measures and support government efforts of containing the pandemic.

For information and inquiries kindly call our multi agency hotline numbers 0745748991 and 0789336316.

Stay Safe

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04 May
By: CGK 0

RESTRICTION AT BORDER POINTS

In a move meant to curb the increasing threat of cross border spread of  COVID_19 into the County, H.E. Joseph Ole Lenku has said that livestock from neighbouring Tanzania will no longer be allowed in   livestock markets in Kajiado County.

The embargo on Tanzanian livestock comes hot on the heels of the closure of border posts at Namanga, Tarakea and Shompole until further notice.The border points will not allow any passengers to travel across the two countries with only trucks of food stuff allowed with only two persons on board.

He said the decision to close the border points was reached at following a consultation between the Ministry of Interior and The County Security Committee as a measure to mitigate community transmission of the COVID_19.

In the past week, the County Department of Health recorded an unprecedented rise in the number of cases reported at the border points with human traffic occasioned by cross border trading attributed to the upsurge. He added that the County security team is on high alert with surveillance at all possible entry routes and asked residents to report any suspicions activities and breaches to security to the relevant authorities.

Lenku lauded the health workers who are at the frontline of fighting the pandemic for the good work they are doing and advised all residents to adhere to basic hygiene and social distancing norms including use of PPEs to fight the virus as a way of breaking the transmission gap so as to build on the gains being made by the health department.

He was speaking at Tarakea in Oloitokitok last Saturday during an inspection tour of the border point.

The Governor later distributed more than 15,000 masks, sanitizers and hand washing equipments for usage in major public  places in all the Wards in Kajiado South.

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27 Apr
By: CGK 0

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

Human traffic to and from Tanzanian continues to pose a challenge to efforts instituted by the County Government in combating the spread of the COVID-19. According to the County Department of Health, foreigners constitute a bulk of the quarantined cases at isolation facilities at the border entry points with screening done by health workers at Namanga indicating that 84% originated from Tanzania, 16% from Zambia while a notable number were from Kenya, Malawi and Namibia. Drivers and Traders who frequently cross the border have been identified as the highest risk groups. 10 Kenyans are currently being detained and quarantined at the border health facility awaiting testing and further determination.

Esther Somoire, Health CEC said so far 119 suspected cases have been reported in Kajiado with zero deaths recorded. This figure includes those at the border points. 104 patients have so far been tested in the County with 15 of them cleared after initial screening showed they did not exhibit any Corona related symptoms.

She maintained that Kajiado is still a high risk County due to its geographical proximity to the capital city Nairobi and as an international gateway through Tanzania to other countries adding that her Department together with the County Security Team has already instituted stringent measures to limit cross border movement including monitoring adherence to social distancing norms and use of personal protective, equipment, PPE specifically face masks. These measures will include activation of door to door screenings of suspected COVID-19 cases and mandatory quarantine for those flouting curfew directives. Plans are also underway to close down Shompole Market and others within the County deemed as risk zones for community transmission.

She advised members of the public to adhere to basic sanitation norms of washing hands with soap, or use of hand sanitizer and social distancing as a way of breaking the transmission gap in the community.

Meanwhile, the third Corona Virus patient from Ngong, Matasia continues to receive medical care at the Kenyatta University Hospital. 32 persons that she had come into contact with are still quarantined in an Isolation center in Ngong. Thirteen of them are awaiting test results.

The County leadership led by H.E. Joseph Lenku has also asked all residents to observe calls for social distancing as a measure in breaking the gap in the spread of the pandemic. This is while the County government steps up distribution of personal protective equipment, PPEs hand sanitizers and other COVID-19 response commodities.

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20 Apr
By: CGK 0

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Three (3) patients have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kajiado County since the pandemic was declared in the country last month. The latest case was confirmed yesterday in Ngong, Matasia where a 34 year old female patient with no history of travel was tested positive after two days of isolation at the Ole Kasasi Health Centre. The patient has since been transferred to the Kenyatta University Hospital for further management as the surveillance team commences contact tracing and possible quarantine for those she exposed.
The other patient, a 38 year old lady from Kitengela (Korompoi) was tested positive and later treated at The Aga Khan Hospital on 2nd April and has already recovered. All his known contacts have been traced and they all tested negative as well.
The third patient was the first  COVID-19 confirmed case in the country, reported on 13th March  in Nairobi: a  27th year old lady from Olekasasi ,Ongata Rongai with a history of travel from abroad. Her case was managed at The Mbagathi District Hospital and she was declared negative after 21 days in isolation at the facility. Her contacts have also been traced, quarantined and tested with their samples indicating a negative result for the virus.
The Department of Health has confirmed that no one has succumbed to COVID-19 related deaths in the County so far as fully equipped front line workers continue to monitor patients in the the isolation centers in all sub counties.
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02 Apr
By: CGK 0

COUNTY PREPAREDNESS ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC

TO CUSHION OUR PEOPLE FROM HIGH FOOD PRICES H.E THE GOVERNOR HAS GIVEN THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIVES.

As you are all aware, our country continues to experience the impact of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID -19).

The County Government of Kajiado is cognizant of the negative economic impact of COVID 19. Many business enterprises are suffering huge losses while others have closed. Many workers continue to lose their livelihoods as the effects of the situation persist.

In this unfolding situation, food security of our people is grossly threatened.

To cushion our people from higher food prices and to enable the business community to avail food supplies in affordable prices, I DIRECT the County Department of Finance to WAIVE TAXES and levies for April-June, 2020, as follows;

▪️Daily market Cess fees on Agricultural produce.

▪️Transit Cess fees for all Agricultural produce.

▪️Slaughter house inspection fees.

▪️Monthly parking fees for Passenger Service Vehicles (PSVs).

🔷Following a DECLARATION by the Ministry of Health that the transmission of the Corona Virus Disease in Kenya is now Community driven and that it is being spread through close contact among people who have disregarded observance of social distance as a measure to contain the spread of the pandemic, I have given the following DIRECTIVE;

▪️That the County Directorate of Inspectorate Services ensures trading activities in the County are CONDUCTED within the recommended ONE METRE distance with a special focus on RETAIL MARKETS, CATTLE SALE YARDS, SUPERMARKETS, BUS PARKS and HEALTH FACILITIES.

▪️Business enterprises that deal with essential goods and services and are still operating MUST ensure that their customers observe the recommended SOCIAL DISTANCE when transacting.

▪️Administrative action will be taken against business enterprises that do not abide by the issued social distance guidelines.

The County Inspectorate officers are URGED to observe restraint when handling members of the public.

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27 Mar
By: CGK 0

PREPAREDNESS ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As the country continues to feel the pain and pressure of the Corona Virus,the Governors  administration is not leaving anything to chance as it is working very closely with other health stakeholders to ensure we are prepared for any eventuality.
Towards this effort, H.E the Governor today opened the second COVID-19 Isolation Unit at Kitengela Sub County Hospital.

“I call for calm and patience of all Kajiado residents as we head towards a critical period of this pandemic. We all need to observe the guidelines of the curfew issued by the National Government beginning today at 7 PM,”said the Governor.

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