News Categories: Health and Sanitation

14 May
By: Remmy Butia 2 16

COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI BEGINS HIRING OF MORE HEALTH WORKERS UNDER UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE PROGRAMME

In reference to the advertisement by the Public service commission, applications are invited for additional vacancies under the Universal Health Coverage Programme in Nandi County.

The job description of the posts and mode of application can be accessed at www.jobs.nandicounty.go.ke

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified persons should complete and submit Job Application Form from the county website www.jobs.nandicounty.go.ke so as to be received on or before 20th May 2020 at 5.00 p.m

N/B No hard copy application will be received.

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18 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 1 1

FIGHTING COVID-19: NANDI COUNTY TO BEGIN COMPULSORY SCREENING AT ITS BORDER POINTS

The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health is instituting a number of roadway screening checkpoints for COVID-19 virus at all its major entry border points of Mlango, Kopere, Chakaiya, Kaimosi, Serem, Lemook, Lessos, Kamasai and other routes commonly used by drivers.

Speaking in Kapsabet over the weekend, the CEC for Health Ruth Koech said the screening will involve checking the temperature of everyone travelling into the county using non-contact gun thermometers. The exercise is aimed at detecting anyone with fever or corona virus symptoms.

She said the checkpoints will be manned by the police and public health officers who will be able to attend to travellers using non-contact gun thermometers.

The officers will also provide prevention recommendation messages to travellers.

“It is prudent for travellers who are sick to delay or avoid travel, in particular for elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions,” said Ruth.

The CEC also cautioned the public from buying fake masks which have flooded the market. She advised residents to buy N95 or certified masks which have been recommended by the Ministry of Health.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one metre from persons showing symptoms and wearing a mask remain particularly important for all travellers.

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13 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 1 1

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON 29 MILLION HOSPITAL

Kobujoi Ward residents in Aldai Sub County will soon be able to access multiple health care services as the construction Kobujoi Hospital Complex is taking shape.

The County Government of Nandi is building the 29 million Hospital, which will offer primary and specialty care to create a seamless health care experience for residents of Kobujoi ward and surrounding areas.

The modern Hospital will house urgent care and outpatient services, including primary care, oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatric care. Many more services, including lab, imaging and pharmacy will also be offered.

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11 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 18 12

GOVERNMENT BEGINS RECRUITMENT OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS

In reference to the advertisement by the Public Service Commission, the County Government of Nandi has begun the recruitment of 142 healthcare workers to effectively realise its goal in the provision of universal health care.

Through an advert issued by the Nandi County Public Service Board on Saturday, said prospective applicants have up to Thursday, April 16 to submit their online applications for the recruitment exercise.

The description of the posts and mode of application can be accessed on the County’s website: https://nandicounty.go.ke

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01 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 1 1

COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI TAKE ANTI-CORONAVIRUS MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE PANDEMIC

As confirmed cases of coronavirus increase in Kenya, the County Government of Nandi is implementing precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and in order to protect its residents and other persons of concern from becoming infected with the virus.

The county is mobilizing resources both internal and from partners in readiness to combat Covid-19 pandemic. The department of health received over 2200 gowns from the Love Kenya Foundation (formerly known as Lee Sisters Foundation) led by Ms.Sanaa Lee and Jan Fredrickson based in the United States of America and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from Eastern Produce Kenya (EPK) Ltd.

The county has an 18 bed isolation centre in Nandi Hills hospital where it is working towards expanding to a forty-bed capacity isolation facility within the coming week. The county has procured and received PPEs, medical supplies and equipment to start off in combating the pandemic.

Speaking while receiving the donations, Governor Sang said that the county recognizes that health workers are at the frontline of providing care to patients therefore they need all the support they can get during this critical period.

He thanked Love Kenya Foundation and Eastern Produce Kenya for their continued support.

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31 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 2

NEW CHEPTERWAI HOSPITAL TAKING SHAPE

The new Chepterwai Hospital complex is starting to take shape. The construction of the medical complex is ahead of schedule.

“We believe that we’re going to become a destination hospital for the region,” said Ruth Koech the CEC for Health.

The hospital is being constructed to house a 16-bed female ward, 16-bed male ward, 4-bed ICU, 2 theatres, a Cathlab, Blood bank, Imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, 9. Modern laboratory, Emergency room, 4 Private rooms and Administration offices.

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29 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

NANDI COUNTY BEGINS FUMIGATION OF PUBLIC PLACES TO COMBAT SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

The County Government of Nandi has embarked on a vigorous fumigation, disinfection, and sanitation exercise targeting market places and all public spaces to curb the rapid spread of the Coronavirus.

While leading the exercise in Kapsabet town, Governor Stephen Sang said that the government is targeting bus stops, markets and other areas with high social gatherings.

Governor Sang urged traders to maintain the highest level of hygiene to avert an outbreak in market centres.

He appealed to residents to allow the public health officers access to different critical areas so the exercise can be a success.

The CEC for Health Ruth Koech emphasized the need for everyone to play their part in reducing the risk of transmission, while urging high levels of hygiene and maintenance of social distancing.

She urged the members of the public to continue adhering to the instruction from the Ministry of Health on prevention and control and support government initiatives put in place to curb the virus.

Markets fumigated so far include Nandi Hills and Chepterit as the exercise is being rolled to other major towns and markets in Nandi County.

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28 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 1

COUNTY SET TO BEGIN MASS FUMIGATION EXERCISE

The County Government of Nandi is intensifying efforts against Covid-19 by taking all preventive measures to prevent and counter the spread of the pandemic.

The County Department of Health will kick off a mass exercise of disinfecting market places across the county, Kapsabet GK prison and bus parks as a mitigation measure of containing the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

The virus is known to survive more on surfaces than on air, especially on walls and wood and hence these efforts.

The County Director of Public Health Alfred Bichii said that the department is taking the lead in ensuring all necessary precautions with regard to the covid-19 are observed.

He said the whole fumigation exercise forms part of a countywide disinfection of public spaces to control the spread of the disease.

Bichii said the exercise would continue until the spread of the disease was contained.

He urged Nandi residents to stay at home as much as they could and take care of their children at this time.

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25 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 1

NANDI STEPS UP MEASURES TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS SPREAD

The County Government of Nandi has proposed measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including preparing hospitals, closure of athletics training camps, suspension of foreign athletes coming to train in Nandi, hawking of food and fruits outside the designated banned, suspension of visits by members of the public to the County Government offices for the next 30 days, Boda Boda riders prohibited from carrying more than one pillion (passenger) and all night clubs shall remain closed until further notice.

Families are also encouraged to postpone weddings for the next 30 days and all open-air markets closed for 30 days.

The County has set aside two isolation centers, one in Nandi Hills County Hospital and another in the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

Training of key staff is on-going in conjunction with Ministry of Health and so far over 176 first line healthcare workers have been trained.

Community health outreach strategy that is on-going have been urged to focus more on media and door-to-door approaches due to the banning of public gatherings.

Two ambulances have been exclusively set aside for COVID-19 emergency response evacuation.

Visits to inpatients in hospitals by family members is banned, whenever necessary it shall be restricted to only a caretaker.

According to the CEC for Health Ruth Koech, both citizens and the government need to work together to ensure prevention of the spread of the virus in Nandi. “In this joint effort there is no place for panic, but definitely for more care,” she said.

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16 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 1 0

GOVERNOR’S STATEMENT ON GUIDELINES TO BE OBSERVED WITHIN NANDI COUNTY FOLLOWING THE GLOBAL OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS)

FOLLOWING THE GLOBAL OUTBREAK of COVID-19, subsequent confirmation of the first three cases in Kenya by the Ministry of Health;

IN LINE WITH the guidelines and advisories issued by the Ministry of Health, and H.E the President’s address to the nation yesterday, 15th March, 2020 regarding the Corona Virus;

WHEREAS the County Government of Nandi has been monitoring the unfolding of events with the aim of taking appropriate measures, and is in constant communication with Ministry of Health to ensure standardized approach towards prevention of the Corona Virus and mitigation of its effects;

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by the Part 2 of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution, and Sections 30 and 31 of the County Governments Act and other enabling laws;

NOW THEREFORE, I STEPHEN Araap SANG, Governor of Nandi County hereby instruct and order that the following complementary measures be taken and strictly adhered to within Nandi County effective immediately:

1. That all athletics training camps are hereby closed, and foreign athletes coming to train in Nandi are suspended until further notice.

2. The Department of Transport and Infrastructure and the Kapsabet Municipality Management are hereby directed to designate more matatu stages, pick up and drop off points and bus stops to avoid congestion and crowding.

3. Hawking of food and fruits outside the designated markets is hereby banned until further notice.

4. Schools are directed to liaise with the SACCOS to pick students from school gates to avoid crowding at bus parks and matatu stages.

5. Visits by members of the public to the County Government offices is suspended for the next 30 days. The public is advised to use our toll-free number 1548 to access government services.

6. All trainings and conferences as well as local trips are hereby suspended with the exception of health workers’ trainings on COVID-19, until further notice.

7. Shaking of hands, hugging and non-essential social contact are highly discouraged until advised otherwise. Always maintain a 3-meter distance from the next person.

8. It is hereby strongly advised that every resident wash their hands with soap and running water regularly.

9. Boda Boda riders are prohibited from carrying more than one pillion (passenger).

10. Every matatu SACCO is hereby directed to provide hand washing points with soap, and ensure compliance to CDC and Ministry of Health Guidelines.

11. Members of the public are hereby directed to identify and report people who have recently travelled from foreign countries to the authorities.

12. Families are encouraged to postpone weddings for the next 30 days.

13. All open-air markets are hereby closed for 30 days.

14. All public and privately sponsored extra-curricular sports activities, tournaments, group trainings are suspended and all gyms within the county are hereby ordered closed.

15. Hotels and guest houses are directed to file and submit to the Department of Health information relating to visitors from outside the country seeking accommodation in their facilities.

16. The County Emergency Response Committee that I have already constituted will continue to monitor the situation with a view to advising on the County’s preparedness, prevention and coordination of response to the threat of COVID-19.

17. That we have set up a countywide committee that brings together National Government officers, religious and civic leaders for wider response to the threat. The Committee is directed to remain vigilant and closely monitor happenings.

18. That the Department of Health will ensure that the personal protective equipment (PPE’s) for first-line healthcare responders that we have already procured are readily available. Some more PPE’s will be delivered in due course.

19. That the County has set aside two isolation centers, one in Nandi Hills County Hospital and another in the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

20. That the training of key staff that is on-going in conjunction with Ministry of Health be expedited.

21. That the community health outreach strategy that is on-going is hereby directed to focus more on media and door-to-door approaches due to the banning of public gatherings.

22. That two ambulances have been exclusively set aside for COVID – 19 emergency response evacuation. The Department of Health is directed to avail more ambulances where necessary.

23. That the monitoring and evaluation team that has been set up is hereby tasked with ensuring public and private institutions including government offices, hotels, restaurants and places of worship to strictly observe the recommended hygiene guidelines and sanitation practices which include providing soap and running water for handwashing.

24. That all night clubs shall remain closed until further notice.

25. That I have directed the County Secretary and the Department of Public Service to issue a circular on modalities to maintain skeleton staff, while others be allowed to work from home and in the field for the next 30 days with the exception of those in departments offering essential services such as Health Services, Finance and Administration.

26. All ECDE centers and Vocational Training Centers shall remain closed from today 16th March, 2020 until further notice as directed by the President.

27. Visits to inpatients in hospitals by family members is banned, whenever necessary it shall be restricted to only a caretaker.

28. I direct all the Departments to free and avail their vehicles to the Department of Health and Administration, to be stationed at the Sub County Headquarters, for exclusive use in the monitoring and response to the COVID-19 situation.

AS AN ASSURANCE to the citizens of this county, the County Government of Nandi through its health facilities has put in place critical Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) mechanisms in partnership with Family Health International 360 (FHI 360) through our partnership that began two years ago.

As indicated earlier, the County Executive Committee Member for Health shall remain the singular official focal person for communicating County Government information on COVID-19. Members of the public are advised to desist from sharing untrue, misleading information regarding the situation.

As I conclude, I wish to state that this pandemic will be stopped at the community level. I therefore urge all of you to observe the preventive measures that are being communicated by the Ministry of Health from time to time and make use of our TOLL-FREE COUNTY EMERGENCY NUMBER 1548, to report any suspected cases and for more information.

H.E STEPHEN SANG
GOVERNOR NANDI COUNTY

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