As cases of Covid-19 continue surging nationally, it has been revealed that a number of health workers from Tharaka Nithi County have been infected with the virus.
Addressing media at Chuka county referral hospital on the state of covid in the county, the health CEC Gichuia Nthuraku revealed that so far a total of 18 nurses have tested positive for the virus and are receiving treatment.
Apart from the nurses, 4 clinical officers, 2 public health officers, 1 doctor and 2surpot staff were also confirmed to have been infected with the deadly virus that has turned out to be a major threat globally.
According to Nthuraku, since the first case was reported in the county, a total number of 1,922 samples have been tested for the virus. Out of these samples, 161 samples turned out positive for the virus while 1,280 turned out to be negative. Results for 424 samples are pending while 59 samples are indeterminate.
The confirmed positive cases are distributed in all the wards in the county except Nkondi ward in Tharaka South Sub county which has zero confirmed case.
In Chuka Sub County, Magumoni ward has 8 cases, Mugwe ward 7 cases and Karingani ward with 32 cases totaling to 46 cases.Igambangombe Sub County has a total of 14 cases with Igambangombe having 10 and Mariani ward with 4 cases.
Mwimbi ward has cumulative total of 43 cases where Chogoria ward has 20 cases, Ganga ward with 10 cases and Mwimbi ward with 13 cases.Muthambi ward has 4 cases same case with Mitheru.
In Tharaka constituency, Tharaka South Sub County has a total of 15 cases with Marimanti ward leading with 14 cases, Chiakariga ward with 1 case and Nkondi ward recording 0 cases. In Tharaka North Sub County, Gatunga ward has 1 confirmed case and Mukothima ward 4 cases totaling to 5.
The other 4 people who have tested positive are from Nairobi, 7 from Meru county and other 14 people from Embu County.
In compliance with ministry of Health directives that each county to have in place at least 300 isolation beds, Nthuraku said Tharaka Nithi county has 345 isolation beds in various hospitals in the county and at the same time the county has at least 14 intensive care unit beds.
The health CEC further outlined various measures that the county has taken towards containing the virus ranging from fumigating various public places, sensitizing barbers and salon operators, religious leader and others on the same.
He however blamed the recent upsurge of the virus on the members of public relaxation in observing measures put by ministry of health to stem the spread of the same. `The rising numbers we are getting is as a result of members of public having relaxed in observing the ministry of health guidelines. When numbers went down people assumed that the virus was no more and therefore relaxed and that why the virus spread so fast,’’ Nthuraku said.
He therefore urged everyone to stay safe from the virus regardless of one’s status as the virus is infecting everyone. Nthuraku noted that if everyone will observe the necessary precautions among them washing hands, avoiding crowded places and wearing of masks for 14 days, the virus would be no more as the life span of the virus is only 14 days.