The second batch of pharmaceuticals and non pharmaceutical medicine worth Kshs. 22 Million has been delivered to various health centers and dispensaries across the county.
The distribution of free essential medicines and non medicinal consignments kicked off on the 26th may with level 2 to 3 health centers including Dago Kakore Dispensary in Kisumu West and Railways Dispensary in Kisumu central sub counties receiving their consignments.
Other facilities that received drugs included, Nyalunya health center, Angola community dispensary, Kuoyo health center, Orongo dispensary, Kawino Health center, Nyalenda health center, Pandpieri health center, Dunga health center, Sayyid Aisha health center, Administration Police line Dispensary, Police line dispensary among others.
The exercise is aimed at addressing drug shortage witnessed across the county. The drugs are supplied and distributed through the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), who is committed to steady supply to the County.
The availability of medicine in the lower level health facilities will ascertain the quality of health provision in health facilities in order to cope with the increasing burden COVID-19 and other health related issues.
According to the nursing officer, Ruth Njau, Dago Kokore dispensary is a level 3 facility which serves Dago and Kogony catchment areas with a target population of 3900.
” We have received antibacterial drugs for both adults and pediatrics, disinfectants, surgical gloves among other drugs.” said Ms. Njau.
The area resident, Mrs. Juliana Ogola was glad that the medicine was now available for them who will be seeking medication from the health facility.
Speaking to the Director public health and sanitation, Mr. Fred Oluoch said the county is currently receiving drugs for level 3 and 4 facilities across the county.
The directors implored health workers to ensure drug security, urging residents to seek medication in the health facilities even in the face of COVID-19 pandemic adding that the County health department has put in place systems in all the health facilities for monitoring the flow of drugs from hospital pharmacies to patients to ensure drug security.
Sand harvesting and murram excavation has today been banned in Kanyakwar, along the roads, electricity poles and pipelines as Sand harvesters will now be required to secure licenses and operate within the designated areas sited by the environmental sub –committee.
In addition, sand transporters will be required to apply for temporary or annual permit to operate and companies will register with County department of environment.
While briefing the media on the resolutions made during the meeting, Mr. Tom Togo the Director NEMA who is also the secretary of the sub – committee, put on notice those who will be found violating the regulations that they will suffer a penalty ranging from Ksh 1- 4 million fine, or up to one-year sentence or both.
This was resolved in a meeting held on Wednesday this week, chaired by the CEC for Environment, water and Natural Resources, Mr. Salmon Orimba, the sub- committee members came up with resolutions that will regulate sand harvesting exercise following the notice served to the harvesters before the ban.
The county environmental sub- committee under the umbrella of Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 2015, is an inter- multi agency that has embarked on reducing environmental degradation due to rampant sand harvesting and murram excavation.
The Committee which was inaugurated last year by the Governor comprises of County departments of Environment, Agriculture, Housing and physical planning, National Government agencies including the County Commissioner, Kenya Marine, Water resource committee, Kenya Forest, Nema, among others.
He was flanked by the County Chief Officer Environment, Maryline Agwa, Chief Officer Lands Housing and Physical Planning Mr. George Ochieng, Director Conservation and Stewardship Mr. Ken Koyoo, Assistant County Commissioner Rose Nyakwara among other county environment officers.
The Kisumu call centre is one of the interventions set up for the fight against the covid-19 in the county and Kenya at large.
The covid-19 rapid response call centre with a tall free number 0800720575 was launched on the 6th of May this year and has been in operation for the last 3 weeks. On average the centre receives 230 daily calls from within Kisumu County and all over the country.
Kisumu County set up the virtual call centre helpline in partnership with Maseno University and to assist in surveillance against the pandemic. The Toll free line is aimed at enhancing service uptake during the COVID -19 pandemic. The centre operates 24/7 with 6 operators who are medical students, IT literate and are trained on online data collection.
Sitting inside a quiet room, a group of pleasant-looking young medical student is talking into their phones, engaging callers and at the same time keying in information on their desktop computers. Their callers, however, are rather far away. Nothing is left to chance as callers are responded to in a suitable off-the-cuff reply.
The operators key bio data of all callers, the reason of the call and the summary of action taken on reported cases on the data collection chart. The centre receives COVID-19 related cases as well as other unrelated and general calls from the public. “The centre is a toll free service and any one can call without charges on the caller.” Said call centre manager, Mr. Jeremiah Ongwara
“We conceal that caller’s identity and in the case that the caller request for anonymity we ensure non disclosure of the caller’s identity.” Mr. Jeremiah Ongwara concedes.
Mr. Ongwara who is also the call center manager said the operators are medical students who can respond and dispense medical consultation on many cases without referring to the manager for action.
The County Director for public health and sanitation, Mr. Fred Oluoch paid a courtesy call to the centre located in a smart open plan office on the ground floor of the Maseno University, town campus. The Director urged residents to make use of the call centre by calling the toll free number 0800720575, adding that this will contribute to the surveillance and containment of the pandemic in Kisumu.
Mr. Oluoch commended the team of operators saying, “The dedicated operators are doing magnificent work supporting with surveillance to ensure containment and prevention of the corona virus in the county.
The details of the calls are classified by case definition, response measures, data collection and analysis of the report.
The call centre helpline is designed as an intervention mechanism against COVID-19 and has also helped in providing general medical advice ranging from pregnant mothers, to flood victims and other emergencies.
“To date, our dedicated call centre operators have dealt with 5300 inquiries in response to CALL INS.” Said Director Oluoch.
By Matilda Atieno
740 traders who previously occupied the streets of Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground, Oginga Odinga, Ang’awa, Lower and Upper Ojino Okew have a reason to smile after being relocated to a newly constructed state of the art market, situated behind Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground.
The structure is a component of the non- motorized transport project which cost 37 million, equipped with essential facilities such as water, reticulation, electricity, security and sanitation to enhance trading hours.
While commissioning the market, Governor Nyong’o stated that the infrastructure will ensure that the residents consume healthy living in clean environments which is in line with his manifesto.
Cognizant of the key role played by traders in building the economy, he further reiterated that the initiative will go along way in enabling sustainable restructuring of revenue streams and also expose the traders to access trade funds from financial institutions and government. Sentiments echoed by his Deputy Dr Owili and the County Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro.
He also outlined other development works in the pipeline such as completion of Uhuru market that will accommodate 7,000 more traders who were moved out of the CBD construction of span roads in Kondele, Manyatta and the national road to be done by KENHA connecting Mamboleo to Muhoroni,Putting up affordable housing in Kaloleni, injecting 13 million in solar power that would reduce electricity bills and modernizing of the Moi stadium.
The Governor thanked the development partners for their financial and technical support in the realization of the vision namely the World Bank, National government through the state department of urban Development, ITDP. He also thanked the traders who patiently endured the inconveniences of having to give way during the project construction period.
He was accompanied by a host of MCAs, CECs, City Manager, City board members among other dignitaries. Also present were traders in the CBD.
On Friday the 22nd of May, Kisumu County reported zero cases having carried out 307 tests, 68 days after the first confirmed case in Kenya.
As the country records 1109 cases and 50 deaths from the 52,507 tests recorded to date, Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o reported that the 307 tests have been carried out from suspected cases that exhibited case definitions and admitted at our isolation centers.
“41 are from isolation wards, 102 from quarantine centers, 36 JOOTRH patients with respiratory illness, 11 inmates from Kodiaga, 27 truck drivers, 82 hoteliers and 8 own requests.” says the Governor.
While addressing the press earlier today on the latest update, the Governor gave credit to the county’s response and prevention strategy as the reason for the current zero cases in Kisumu.
The strategy involves Training of 2187 Health care Workers, Risk Communication, Public Awareness and Education, compliance with the prevention guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, enhanced community and border surveillance screening.
The governor also stated that testing Kits are available, and that KEMRI is ready and able to conduct screening tests with 82 hotel workers having been tested to date.
Governor Nyong’os administration stated worrying concerns of the cross border infections, ordering for indefinite strict inter-county border surveillance.
The governor mentioned the plans to operationalize the clinical and case management taking cognizance of facility screening with holding Isolations in all county hospitals of Ahero, Muhoroni, Nyakach, Gita, Chulaimbo and Kombewa. Quarantine centers with 148 bed capacities and a COVID-19 dedicated 17 bed ICU facilities at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital scalable to 29 beds.