Murang’a County Assembly closed due to increase in Covid-19 visas.

The Murang’a County Assembly closed for two weeks on Wednesday due to an increase in Covid-19 visas.

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Parliamentary Clerk Kuria Thuita said in an internal memory that all conference participants and staff will work from home for 14 days.

“The only staffs who will be on duty are those providing basic services,” Thuita said.

County health officer Joseph Mbai had warned that the Covid-19 wave was at its peak in the county.

He said the county was likely to take stronger measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

Meanwhile, in Meru, the county government will close its outpatient services at Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital to provide space for critically ill Covid-19 patients.

Meru has recorded more than 130 Covid-19 cases in the past three weeks and 67 have now been admitted to various hospitals in the region.

According to Purity Kathambi, head of nursing at the hospital, the unit purchased 402 Covid-19 isolation beds, Meru’s fifth standard hospital with 56. Out of 67 patients admitted, 47 are in hospital. Teaching and referral hospital in Meru, leaving under 10 beds. Unoccupied.

“Covid-19 cases are rapidly increasing leaving patients are in critical condition. These patients need piped oxygen which has more pressure on proper management.

“We could have transferred patients from medical and surgical departments only if all bed were functional to treat Covid-19 patients,” he said.

He said patients recovering in medical and surgical wards would be transferred to level four hospitals and urged to deal with the situation.

Ms Kathambi said the hospital was preferred for Covid-19 management as there was an intensive care unit.

The measures come just days after the county government sent all county workers home to departments that were not necessary to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

Chief Medical Officer Dr James Kirimi said 10 people had failed with Covid-19 in the past three weeks and 2,701 cases had been recorded so far.

“ 67 patients who are in hospital have been immunized. This is why we urge residents to take the vaccine as it will reduce the risk if there is an infection, ”said Dr Kirimi.

About 26,000 people received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 16,500 received the second dose.

The health official said public health and police would increase the implementation of measures to prevent Covi-19 from spreading.

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