The Taita Taveta County has received five ventilators from the national government for the management of Covid-19 patients that might be in critical condition.
On Tuesday, Governor Granton Samboja said the ventilators shall be installed at the Mwatate Covid-19 treatment center.
The county is also set to train health care workers on the proper use of the equipment.
Samboja also announced plans to install portable clinics in the county.
“The County through Universal Health Coverage is set to receive two portable medical clinics which shall be distributed and installed in Mlilo area in Wundanyi and Njoro Masaini community in Taveta,” Samboja revealed.
Samboja lauded health care workers at the frontline of combating the pandemic further urging residents to adhere to government protocols.
So far, the county has recorded 18 coronavirus positive cases, most of them being truck drivers being tested at the Taveta-Holili One Stop Border Post.
According to Health Services executive John Mwakima, two of the cases that were being managed in the County were on Wednesday released after testing negative to initial test and a confirmatory second test.
A total of 1,731 samples have been collected for testing so far.
“A total of 514 cases have been responded to and registered, 473 out of which were put on quarantine while 41 were managed for other Covid-19 unrelated conditions. So far 421 individuals have been released from follow up having successfully completed 14 days of quarantine,” Mwakima said.
He said 72 percent of the County’s health facilities have holding rooms for Covid-19 suspects.