• Nanyuki Teaching and Referral hospital has opened an ICU c for Covid-19 patients; another to open at Nyahururu hospital.
• Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said the two facilities will be built and equipped at a cost of Sh140 million.
Nanyuki Teaching and Referral hospital has opened an ICU fitted with ventilators and another is to open at Nyahururu hospital in coming weeks for Covid-19 patients.
While checking on the progress of the facility on Tuesday, Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said the two facilities will be built and equipped for Sh140 million.
“The Intensive Care units will serve patients suffering from Covid-19," Muriithi said.
He said the Nanyuki facility has five ventilators costing Sh7 million each. The Dedan Kimathi University of Technology will develop locally manufactured ventilators.
Muriithi said two isolation wards, one in Nanyuki and the other in Nyahururu towns will have 328 beds.
“We already have three patients in our isolation facility in Annex in Nanyuki town. The beds are made by youths in the two polytechnics and 40 beds are delivered every week," he said.
He said since the advent of the coronavirus, more than 700,000 people entering and leaving Laikipia have had their temperatures taken in case a traveller is found to be Covid-19 positive.
Muriithi said the number includes hundreds of business people who commute into and out of Nanyuki and Nyahururu daily. He urged residents to adhere to health measures on hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks.
(Edited by V. Graham)