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By Wajir County Government Press

Following the outbreak of Covid 19 in the country, Wajir county has been carrying out preparedness measures. So far, the county has not reported any case and is in preparedness mode.

The following are the preparedness mitigation measures carried out towards covid19 outbreak by the department of Health as of 26th march 2020.

1. Formed Emergency Response committees at
• County level
• At all the subcounty headiquarters

2. Isolation wards identified in the following health facilities
• Wajir county referral hospital
• Bute subcounty hosp
• Habaswein sub county hosp
• Griftu sub county hosp
• Tarbaj sub county hosp
• Eldas sub county hosp
• Khorof harar Sub County Hospital.

3. Visited by MOH national team to inspect readiness in setting up isolation and quarantine facilities
4. Sensitization of the public through PAS is on going
5. Distribution of hand washing facilities
6. Premises in CBD are complying by providing hand hashing facilities
7. Sensitization of health workers on covid 19
8. Following the president’s directive, H.E Amb. Mohamed Abdi issued directive on public gatherings

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9. All the CHMT educated the community on the importance of social distancing and the following measures were adhered to
• All the sub county teams practiced social distance during the ERT committee meeting
• Closed all DSTV joints
• All mosques were closed including the one in Eldas
• Boda boda to carry only one passenger at a time
• No weddings
• Taxis to carry only two passengers
• No overcrowding in CBDs
• Hotels offering takeaway services
• No playing of soccer
• Miraa ban.
• Funerals to be attended by 15 persons

10. Screening of persons at: –
• Wajir International Airport
•All border points
• Leheley police barrier
•Lafaley border points
• Specific hotels eg Wajir Palace

11. Sensitized religious leaders
12. Procured emergency medical equipment’s
13. Set up emergency call centers with mobile numbers
14. Distributed 5 full PPEs to all the sub counties
15. Identified quarantine facility at Wajir MTC
16. Procured IEC materials
17. Enforcements done on certain hotels not complying
18. Nyumba kumi iniative activated to report persons from counties with active transmission
19. Sensitization of the public through the local FM before and after prime time
20. Team work between NGAO and health personnel displayed across the county.

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