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Kisumu County Govt’ to dispose 16 more bodies in bid to create space in mortuary

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The County Government of Kisumu is set to dispose of 16 more bodies as it seeks to decongest mortuaries in the county.

The move comes after 61 bodies were buried in a mass grave at the Mamboleo Public Cemetery on Monday.

Last month, Kisumu county health officials obtained a court order to dispose of 212 unclaimed bodies in its strategy to clear the morgues.

In a Covid-19 containment strategy, the county authorities had issued a directive that all bodies lying in the mortuary unclaimed be disposed off.

The directive also requires residents to be buried within 72 hours of death and bodies not be kept more than 48 hours in various morgues within the county.

The directive aims at reducing gatherings that have been flagged to control the spread spread of the coronavirus.

Yesterday, County Director of Health Fredrick Oluoch confirmed that they have lined up 16 more bodies for disposal.

Three are preserved in Ahero mortuary while 13 are at Kisumu County Referral Hospital mortuary.

Dr. Oluoch confirmed that they have court order to dispose those bodies and before that, they have given families one more week to claim them.

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After one week, if there will be unclaimed body, then they will organise for mass burials.

On the other side, the county government of Kisumu has installed a Sh. 50 million oxygen plant with a capacity to generate 500 litres per minute at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital to aid in Oxygen supply.

Oluoch said the plant will help in filling oxygen cylinders used in peripheral health facilities as it responds to high demand for the commodity.

However, he said 250 more staff have been hired under Universal Health Care (UHC) scheme with 96 medical interns absorbed for consistency in service delivery.

Vaccination and Covid-19 situation in the county

The county is said to have received 55,100 cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses with an additional 7,100 doses collected from Kenya Medical Supply Agency (Kemsa) last week.

Further, some 34,267 have been vaccinated with the first dose and 12,607 have received the second dose vaccination.

About 55,000 tests done with gene sequencing have shown dominance in Delta variant.

Kisumu County has registered a total of 6,253 positive cases with current active cases being 134.

Story By Jacob Oluoch

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