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Health workers to be trained to administer new jab  

A total of 157 Health workers in Makueni County will be trained to administer the new jab of Moderna vaccine, Acting Executive Committee Member (ECM) for Health, Adelina Mwau, has revealed.

Consequently, Mwau who is also the Deputy Governor said that the training will start on Thursday 02/09/2021to 03/09/2021, the first batch and on Tuesday 07/09/2021to 08/09/2021 the second lot respectively.

She observed that each vaccine comes with different guidelines on how to administer, storage, requirements and dosage hence the need for the health workers to know exactly what they are supposed to do.

“We have received 10,080 of Moderna vaccines out of the 30,000 expected. Our health workers will get trained in order to enable them administer the jab to the residents across the county,” said Mwau, while addressing the media after attending the County Emergency Response Committee (CERC), which they co-chaired with the Makueni County Commissioner (CC), Maalim Mohammed, in Wote town on Tuesday.

During the media briefing, Mwau disclosed that 46,160 vaccines have been received in the County and 44,194 people have been vaccinated, whereby over 38,000 have had the first dose and another 6,107 have received both doses of AstraZeneca jab.

In this regard, the ECM expressed her dissatisfaction in the uptake of the vaccine and appealed to the residents to come out and get vaccinated in a bid to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I appeal to the residents to come out in large numbers and get vaccinated. I understand the disease is now evolving and it is now called delta plus. Come out and get vaccinated in big numbers,” she implored.

In the County we have had 1,968 people affected by the disease as at 21/08/2021. We have 137 people admitted in different health facilities and 105 people are under home based care.

Mwau further said that the County has had a total 166 people who have succumbed to the disease since last year.

Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed and acting Executive Member of Adelina Mwau addressing the press at Wote town

 On his part, CC Mohammed said that the Sub-county and ward emergency response committees be revived and revitalized to ensure enforcement of the covid-19 containment measures are adhered to.

He challenged the Deputy County Commissioners and the police to work closely with those from the County Government to ensure the Ministry of Health (MOH) protocols like wearing face masks, washing of hands or sanitizing and keeping social distance, is followed to the letter.

Mohammed, particularly took issue with the matatu sector, shops, hotels and bars that were disregarding the MOH protocols and warned that those found breaching the laws will have their licenses withdrawn.

“Many matatus have stopped providing water for washing of hands or sanitiser, carrying more passengers, shops have no water to wash hands and bars breaching the MOH protocols, they risk being arrested and prosecuted,” said Mohammed.  

Consequently, he reminded the DCCs, ACCs, Chiefs and their Assistants that there should not be incidents in their area of jurisdiction as they will face unspecified consequences.

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