Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has today announced that the Mt. Elgon County Hospital has been converted into a Coronavirus isolation center.
The entire 32-bed capacity hospital will accommodate all patients with COVID-19 related symptoms in Bungoma.
“If you exhibit any coronavirus symptoms, you should call our hotlines. You will be picked up instead of coming on your own,” says Governor Khaemba.
Governor Khaemba further directed all bodaboda operators in the county to observe guidelines on social distancing saying they will not be allowed to crowd while waiting for passengers.
“We are not going to encourage unnecessary crowding in town during this period. Police officers will be carrying out surveillance to ensure the guidelines are adhered to,” Khaemba said.
Area County Commissioner Samson Ojwang’ who are Co-chairs of the county emergency and response team said residents have to suspend the habit of prolonged and crowded funerals.
Commissioner Ojwang’ said the assistant chiefs will record lists of 15 mourners before issuing burial permits to ensure that only those listed will be present when performing burial rites.
“I know this part of the country attaches a lot of cultural beliefs to funerals but this will have to stop for now because we are dealing with a deadly virus. Those who violate the regulation will be arrested,” he said.
In the Morning Governor Khaemba chaired the multi-County emergency Coordination Committee on Covid-19 at the County headquarters.
The meeting was co-chaired by the TransNzoia County Commissioner Sam Ojwang and the county security team.