The County’s department of health has received a donation of 34 fabricated hand washing equipment courtesy of Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) a non- profit-making organization in collaboration with Elgeyo Marakwet Civil Society Organization.
While received the crucial equipment, health and sanitation Chief Officer Mary Kipchumba revealed that there has been a surge in the spread of Covid 19 in the County attributing this to failure by the residents in adherence to health protocols.
She said the hand washing equipment will go a long way in curbing the spread of the virus that is wreaking havoc globally.
“If you look at our covid 19 statistics for the last three months, you will notice an upward surge in infection rate. In July we had only 13 cases, in August we had 66 cases and so far in September we have recorded 77 cases and counting” she said.
She urged the members of the public to turn out to be vaccinated following the arrival of the vaccines.
She added; “Currently we have both the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines in our vaccination centers here in Iten County Referral Hospital, Chebiemit, Tambach and Chepkorio sub county hospitals.”
Other vaccination centres include Kamwosor, Muskut, Chegilet, Arror, Kapcherop, Kapsowar, Chesoi, Tot and Kapyego and other outreach sites as per the need.
SNV project officer Joan Chemeitoi said the project is part of ‘wash first’ program that the organization has been running that involves creating awareness on covid 19 among members of the public that involves the business community, media, market places, schools among other sensitive places.
“This is an ongoing program that aims at curbing the spread of covid 19 pandemic, we are also in the process of constructing a 5,000 litres tank capacity that connects to 8 hand washing points in three schools in Elgeyo Marakwet” she said.
The schools are Walbei primary school in Keiyo South,Muno primary school in Keiyo North and Chugor primary school in Marakwet East Sub County.
A second batch of 300 pieces of 10 liters fabricated hand washing equipment is also expected to be delivered in a week’s time.
On his part, Elgeyo Marakwet Civil Society network coordinator Kenneth Kimaiyo said the organization is also educating members of the public on the benefits of Covid 19 vaccination.
Also present included officers from the public health and Education departments.