News Categories: Health

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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02 Oct
By: CGK 0

MBUZI MOJA AFYA BORA

What is Universal Health Coverage?

Universal Health Coverage means that all people have access to needed preventive, curative, rehabilitative health services and health promotional services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services.

The County Government of Kajiado through the Department of Medical Services, Public Health and Sanitation in its goal towards accelerating achievement to access of universal Health Coverage (UHC) which is a Basic Human Right as well as one of the Big Four Agenda, up scaled NHIF registration drive so as to cover its residents under NHIF.

As a component of UHC in H.E the President’s Big 4 Agenda as well as H.E the Governor’s Health Agenda for Kajiado County, NHIF registration drive was launched in May 2018 and Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora Auction was done. The County has, through various initiatives continued to increase and advocate for NHIF cover for all its residents.

What is Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora?

Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora is an initiative by The County Government of Kajiado, Department of Medical Services, Public Health and Sanitation, working collaboratively with NHIF, in a bid to achieve maximum possible health insurance cover for households within the county.

Estimating the cost of insurance as Kshs. 500 per month, yearly cover would add up to Kshs 6000 – the estimated market valuation of a goat. Hence one goat’s value is equated to the annual coverage cost. This initiative provides its beneficiaries with a readily available alternative to affording health insurance. In this sense, registration into the program or renewal of registration will be done at an exchange of a goat.

Why Mbuzi Moja?

Kajiado county is the home to the Maasai community and their main economic activity is nomadic pastoralism. Therefore, goats as a unit of payment is more convenient to our beneficiaries since the goats are locally available and are also a source of income.

Who is viable to register?

Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora follows a select criterion for registration support,

Persons viable for registration are;

  • Poor Widows with children and poor child headed households
  • Unemployed and whose income is less than 12,000/- annually.
  • Children of imprisoned parents.
  • Poor People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Persons willing to participate in NHIF/County UHC. Documentaries and registration promotions
  • Pastoralists with less than 10 goats and 5 cows.
  • Incapacitated
  • Terminally/Chronically ill

How do I renew my registration?

In line with the NHIF annual registration renewal, Mbuzi Moja Afya bora also requires of its members to renew their membership. Failure to which, coverage benefits are suspended until renewal.

Registered members are required to submit their mode of payment in order to renew with an option of a goat (as done during their first registration), or other alternative payments.

 

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31 Jul
By: Kajiado County 0

Hospital Emergency Hotline – 0758721986

Did you know that The County Government of Kajiado has a dedicated Hospital Emergency Response number?
The County Government through the Department of Medical Services, Health and Sanitation operates an emergency hotline number to cater to medical emergencies for residents of the County.
Who can call the number?
The number is accessible to everyone with an operational handset/mobile phone.
What is the number you can call for hospital emergencies?
The Number to call is 0758721986.
Is the number operational throughout?
The emergency response number is reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Do I get charged to call the number?
Normal operator call charges apply when calling this number.
What services can I expect upon reporting an emergency?
Depending on the nature of the emergency, our call-operator will locate the nearest medical facility and make all the necessary interventions not limited to ambulance services, blood donation, hospital admissions etc.
What information should you provide? It is critical that you provide the call-operator with information that is as accurate and complete as possible. Try to remain calm, and speak slowly and clearly. While the information you provide will vary with the incident, there are some critical details that will be required in almost every instance. These include:
▪ A brief description of the incident
▪ Time of occurrence
▪ Exact location (Ward, Location, street and unit/apartment numbers, if applicable etc.)
▪ Extent of injuries or property damage, if any.
It is critical that you give the call-taker your phone number—especially if you are calling from a wireless phone so that the medical personnel or police can call you back if they need additional information.
What if I do not speak English?
Callers who do not speak English, or who feel more comfortable communicating in a language other than English, can still access the hospital emergencies services. If necessary, callers should tell the call-taker they want a language translator to help facilitate the call.

NOTE: The Kajiado County Hospital Emergency number can be looked up on available search engines online.

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07 May
By: CGK 0

KAJIADO COUNTY COMMEMORATES NURSES WEEK

Kajiado County nurses joined others in commemorating the Global Nurses Week at Kimana Health Centre in Loitokitok Sub County.

This day is celebrated with special events and times banquets to honor the nurses for the role they play in health care service delivery.

Kajiado County has over 538 nurses with 46% working in rural health facilities. This is an increase from 338 nurses before devolution.

Representing Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, Health Services CEC Esther Somoire said nurses play a critical role in healthcare provision.” As a Department we have the best nurses. We recognize efforts of every nurse in the county and shall always support them as they make a difference in the lives of patients and in the communities they serve, “Said Somoire

Medical Services Chief Officer Jacob Sampeke added that they are improving facilities and working environments for the nurses.” We are building better facilities so that we make easier for our nurses to offer the best services to our people. ” said Sampeke.

Ellen Sawani who is in charge of nurses affairs in Kajiado County highlighted that nurses are happy with the way their affairs are being managed by the County Government.” We are happy with the way our affairs are being handled by the administration of Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and that is why you didn’t see strikes in our county, “said Sawani.

In order to achieve Universal Health Care as a County, the role of nurses is critical and therefore there’s need to continue to actively recruit and train nurses.

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22 Jan
By: CGK 0

MILLIONS SPENT ON HEALTH DONATION

Public health facilities in Kajiado County have received medical equipment worth Ksh 15.7 million. This equipment’s include HB meter, ultra sound machines, delivery beds, photothery box, patella hammers, mother baby packs among others.
During the flagging off of the equipment, H.E the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho said
health is a critical priority in the County and will work with the National Government. “As a government it’s our responsibility to ensure our residents get access to better medical services across our county and with the NHIF program, we will get the best services, ” said Moshisho.
He also urged the residents to utilize all the equipment brought by the county.” We want to tell our people to make use of all the services provided at our hospitals. There are machines in our facilities that are not being fully utilized and let us use them instead of going far places to access the same services yet they are found within the County”.
Medical Services Chief Officer Jacob Sampeke was also present stating that alot is being done by the health ministry across the county.” We are distributing this equipment and they will help improve service delivery to our people. As a Department, we shall continue allocating resources to try and satisfy our people’s needs, ” Said Sampeke.
Health is allocated more than 30 per cent of the County’s budget.

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