Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro wants residents to strictly adhere to Covid 19 protocols to bring down the worrying spread of infection in the county.
He urged residents not to let their guard down but observe protective guidelines by wearing masks, sanitizing, and social distancing especially in public places where the majority seemed to have discarded the protocols.
Dr. Nyoro told a funeral service of one of the Covid 19 victims at ACK Thimbigua in Kiambaa that the situation in the county was worse than ever before due to the recent campaign activities that possibly exposed residents to viral infections.
He said the County stepped up measures to flatten the rising infection curve after it recorded an alarming trajectory that saw several residents including Pricilla Njeri Kaguma, the mother to KTNs property show host Nancy Kaguma’s dying.
“We have dedicated Tigoni hospital to only serve covid-19 cases. Patients with other illnesses are being referred to our other facilities to create ample space and attention to those who have contracted the disease,” he said.
Governor Nyoro said the county had set up the facility to prioritizing covid-19 response but urged the people to play their part responsibly by ensuring they stayed safe.
According to data released by the CS for Health Mutahi Kagwe, over the past couple of months, Kiambu County has experienced a steady rise of covid-19 cases, with most hospitals in the county already full.
The governor regretted that infected residents were now forced to seek medical services elsewhere from facilities in neighboring counties after local hospitals were overwhelmed by the surging numbers of new cases unlike in the past the situation was vice versa.
Residents expressed fears that the new wave of infections could get worse unless both the county and the national government imposed lockdowns to contain the further spread of the pandemic.
A concerned resident John Kuria explained that it was prudent to impose a lockdown to tame the third wave of the pandemic as it was successfully done in counties in western Kenya where the delta variance was widely reported.
“When there was a surge in the Western region the National Government and County Governments moved with speed and quickly locked down those counties. We have not seen the same urgency in counties like Nairobi, Nyeri, and Kiambu,” he noted.
Another resident Beatrice Njeri says people in the county have become very ignorant or have totally forgotten about the covid-19 rules. “People seem to have forgotten that the pandemic is still with us. Matatus are back to carrying full capacity and even excess while wearing masks seems to have gone down,” she says.
Njeri added that she suspected the current surge was due to the behaviour of people during the last two elections in Kiambaa and Muguga. ” For over two months’ campaign rallies were taking place in the region, you could see hundreds of people turn up to listen to their politicians, most of them with no masks and with zero social distancing.”