Only 26,000 people have been fully vaccinated In Kisumu County, translating to 3.8 percent of the county’s total population.
Another 70,000 people have also received their first dose of the jab.
According to the County Health Director Mr. Fredrick Oluoch, the number of those turning up for the vaccinations has decreased pushing the county to organize more awareness campaigns and outreaches especially in the rural areas.
“We have rolled out Covid-19 outreaches in the slums and are also targeting the bodaboda riders , the elderly groups in Villages and the entire Kisumu county residents to ensure the number increases,” said Mr. Oluoch.
The Community Health Workers (CHVs) have also embarked on door to door campaigns to ensure maximum awareness as reported by Mr Oluoch.
“A times, we only end up vaccinating even five during an outreach which has happened in a number of areas including Ombaka, Ahero Sub-county, a flood prone area, in such cases, the unused vaccines often go to waste,” said Mr Oluoch.
The health director has further confirmed that Covid-19 positivity rate is currently up to 2.7 percent from 2.6 percent as witnessed last week.
The number of infections is currently at 34 however, Mr Oluoch however stated that there is no cause for alarm.
“We have put up a number of measures to curb the spread of the virus, the slight increase in the positivity rate should therefore not be a cause of worry,” he said.
Currently, the county has tested 68,000 residents with a cumulative positive of 6019, the county has also recorded 292 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.
Fatality rate is at 2 percent in Kisumu County with two deaths recorded in the last two weeks.
“We have seen a decrease in number of Covid-19 cases in the past on month. In the week , we tested 1294 people where 34 turned positive to Covid-19,” he added.
Kisumu county health Director confirmed that Kisumu County is well off prepared in terms of facilities which are required in curbing surge in Covid-19 cases.
“We have enough infrastructure like in Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital alone we have an extra Isolation ward with a capacity of 130 beds with enough oxygen. We have two liquid oxygen tanks we have also installed a new oxygen generating plant which produces around 600 litres of oxygen per minute,” he said.
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