Covid 19: Trans Nzoia County eyes enhanced testing capacity

Hand washing equipment donated by water Mission and the Rotary club of Kitale to the county government of Trans Nzoia to boost the war against the spread of Covid 19. Photo/Courtesy

The county government of Trans Nzoia intends to use a regional laboratory for testing of Corona Virus cases in the region to boost the capacity of detecting possible infections in the region.

The administration is seeking to use the Kitale public health regional laboratory which was set up courtesy of a funding from the International Development Agency (IDA)/World Bank.

Area deputy Governor Stanley Tarus said they are waiting for clearance from the ministry of health to use the facility to get a clear picture of the region which has no reported positive case.

“We want end to reliance on the Moi teaching and referral hospital based in Uasin Gishu County to boost our capacity. We are waiting for green light and testing kits,” said Dr. Tarus in Kitale.

He spoke while receiving a donation of 37 hand washing equipment from the water Mission and the Rotary club of Kitale to go towards boosting safety measures to curb spread of the virus.

Water Missions managing director Moses Ng’ania said the water tanks will be placed in areas which have no access to piped water to support the realization of washing hands to keep the virus at bay.

“We have decided to support this initiative since we are aware that there are families which cannot access piped water yet they are supposed to ensure they keep washing hands,” said Mr, Ng’ania.