Baringo County Governor Stanley Kiptis has said that the number patients being referred to neighboring Counties to seek medication might be a thing of the past, after Kabarnet Referral hospital was upgraded from level 4 to level 5.
Kiptis said that his administration has employed 20 doctors and that health facililities in the 6 Sub Counties have been improved.
He said that theaters have been installed in 5 more Sub County hospitals to ease congestion in Eldama Ravine and Kabarnet Sub-County hospitals.
“We have installed theaters in Mogotio, Marigat, Emining ,Chemolingot and Kabartonjo Sub-County hospitals so as to reduces referrals since we have been depending on Eldama Ravine and Kabarnet County hospitals.” He added.
He said that they have constructed a morgue in Marigat and they are going to construct another on in Chemolingot or Tangulbei to help reduce congestions in Eldama Ravine and Kabarnet mortuaries.
He called on the national government to ensure that the cost of managing Covid-19 patients is affordable arguing that many people cannot afford it now.
“Hospitals are doing business with us, some hospitals charge up to shillings ninety thousand per day to manage a Covid-19 patient, there is one of our employee whom we had raise funds to buy him medicine worth shillings one hundred and seventy one thousand.” He said.
He added that his administration is taking the Covid-19 vaccines closer to the residents noting that there are vaccination Centres in nearly every location.
“I am happy that people are responding well in terms of taking the vaccine and I know we will be running out of the vaccine and I want to tell the National government to give us enough vaccines.” He added.
He also called on Baringo residents to keep adhering to Covid-19 protocols calling on those with underlying health conditions to be on the frontline in taking Covid-19 vaccines saying that Baringo County is among the leading Counties with the highest Covid-19 positive cases.
“We started reporting high number of Covid-19 this year, and now people are dying of Covid-19 in every Sub County it got to a point where all the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and mortuaries in our County were full and we had to refer patients to Nakuru and Eldoret.” He noted.
Koibatek Member of County Assembly Musa Cheruiyot urged the residents to take Covid-19 vaccines saying that statistics shows that the people that have been vaccinatted are not hit hard by the virus whenever they contract it.
“Patients that are being managed now in the ICU are the ones that have not been vaccinated, I am following on the County statistics since I am in the health committee and I want to know Covid-19 situation in our County and it is important that we take the vaccine.” He said.
He added that the patients succuming to Covid-19 are those with underlying health conditions and have taken the jab.
Rebecca Lomong a Member of Baringo County Assembly Public Service Board, also called on Baringo residents to ensure that they get tested of Covid-19, whenever they feel like they have symptoms similar to that of Covid-19.
“Please let’s get tested so that we can be treated on time to avoid spreading the virus to our loved ones. Let us also get the jab to boast our immune. The County government is really trying to see that the jab is brought closer to us.”