PRECAUTION

Meru sets aside Sh20m to counter coronavirus

All night clubs, recreational centres closed, market days banned

In Summary

• County staff told to work from home except those in vital departments like revenue enforcement and fire and rescue. 

• Has set side 35-bed capacity isolation wards at Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital and Mboroga Health Centre. 

A medical official takes a resident's temperature at Meru Level 5 Hospital.
COVID-19 FEARS: A medical official takes a resident's temperature at Meru Level 5 Hospital.
Image: DENNIS DIBONDO
An Isolation ward at the Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital.
PREPAREDNESS: An Isolation ward at the Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Image: DENNIS DIBONDO

Meru county has come up with a raft of measure to combat coronavirus and set aside Sh20 million for that purpose. 

Governor Kiraitu Murungi has banned public gatherings in recreational parks and cancelled market business on Fridays, Wednesdays and Mondays. (These are the official market days.)

County staff are expected to work from home except those in vital departments like revenue enforcement and fire and rescue. 

Isolation wards have been set side at Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital (20 beds) and Mboroga Health Centre (15 beds) in case the virus is reported in the county. 

“We should all take care of ourselves,” Kiraitu declared as he ordered the closure of night clubs, discos and recreational centres like Nteere Park and all stadiums for 30 days. 

Public Health director John Inanga said all hawking has been banned. Also targeted for closure are all business premises without running water and hand sanitisers.

All these measures come amid a go-slow by health workers over the delay of their February salaries. 

Clinical officers secretary-general Moses Bayenia said medical workers are yet to be trained on how to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. 

 “Furthermore, we do not have protective gear and we are yet to be paid to buy the items for ourselves.”

He said the Covid-19 isolation ward is too close to other wards.

Meru Referral Hospital said medical workers were adequately trained.

“We don’t need to train all 1,900 health workers. Those who deal with broken bones do not require this training,” a spokesperson said.

The hospital has trained about 30 officials to deal with the crisis.

The facility is screening patients and sanitising before they enter the building.

On Wednesday, the county government explained to journalists all aspects of the Covid-19.  

Edited by R.Wamochie 

An isolation center for Covid 19 at the Meru Level Five Hospital
An isolation center for Covid 19 at the Meru Level Five Hospital
Image: Dennis Dibondo