KNA Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has raised concern over the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the county.
Speaking to the press after a meeting with the County Covid-19 Response Team at Busia County Referral Hospital Tuesday, Ojaamong said that the state has led to increased hospitalization of patients alongside fatalities.
“It is high time every individual takes responsibility to protect themselves and their loved ones,” he said, adding that the statistics within the County painted a grim picture and was a strong indicator that if necessary precautions are not put in place the pandemic may hit the County very hard.
Ojaamong noted that 67 new confirmed cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4947 as at Monday this week.
“Reported number of deaths since the beginning of this pandemic is now 31 and a cumulative of 187 professionals have tested positive,” he said.
The governor disclosed that all the seven sub counties had reported cases with Matayos leading with 2755 cases followed by Teso (1417), Teso South (450), Nambale (76), Butula (68), Samia (31) and Bunyala 30 cases. “Of the 4844 cases, 4471 cases are local transmission and in the last 24 hours 437 samples were tested across various labs of which 67 samples turned positive,” he said.
Ojaamong further said that nine patients are currently admitted at Alupe and 24 others at Korinda GK Prison.
“To address this worrying trend we have ensured that all symptomatic cases are tested, intensified surveillance and contact tracing, and we are conducting research to determine whether we have the delta variant. We have also enhanced communication on behavior change and ensured adherence to Covid 19 containment protocols,” he said.
He appealed to all residents to abide by the Ministry of health containment measures with a view to control the spread of the pandemic. “We are trying to intensify the curfew implementation,” he said, adding that the number of deaths caused by the pandemic is on the rise.
Ojaamong further said four family members died at Malaba last weekend immediately after the burial of their father. “In Machakusi, 10 people who were consoling a bereaved friend also died after contracting coronavirus,” he said.
Busia County Commissioner John Korir urged residents to adhere to Covid-19 protocols while in public places instead of waiting for the law enforcers.
At the same time, Korir urged the committee members to offer dedicated service delivery to the locals at all times.