By Eunice Kayo
Narok director of Health Dr. Francis Kiio has decried the rising positivity rate of Covid-19 since the disease was first reported in the county on June 13, this year.
Dr. Kiio who gave the report yesterday during a stakeholders meeting attended by the area governor Samuel Tunai and County Commissioner Evans Achoki said already 438 cases of Corona Virus have been reported in the county.
The medic noted that already 17 people have succumbed to the disease while 37 health workers are among the people reported to have been infected.
“In the month of August, the positivity rate was 29 percent but dropped to zero in the month of September only to resurface again in the month of October which reported a 25.6 percent positivity rate. This means the county is above the recommended rate which is 5 percent,” said the medic.
Dr. Kiio observed that the trend could have been caused by laxity in compliance with containment measures by the community in the last few months warning that if the community does not follow the health protocols, they risked more infections.
“We should be very careful because our neighboring counties have reported surging cases of Covid-19. Kajiado and Nakuru that neigbours the county has reported more than 3000 cases,” said Dr Kiio.
The meeting that was held at a Maasai Mara University Hall also brought together Members of County Assembly and six Deputy County Commissioner’s from the county.
Governor Tunai called on MCAs and other leaders to help in strengthening awareness of health education at all levels to counter misinformation or doubts on the existence of the disease.
“There is no doubt that Corona Virus is now here with us and we should put all measures possible to avoid it’s spread and should enforce public health rules and regulations,” he said.
Already the county has set up a three-block facility at the Ololulunga health centre with a 300-bed capacity to cater for covid-19 patients.