The county government has acquired 350 beds for established COVID-19 isolation centres across the region, according to Governor Joseph ole Lenku.
According to the governor, the county hopes to escalate the number of beds to 700 in the next month.
Governor Lenku made the remark while on an inspection tour of Kajiado County Referral Hospital to assess the county’s preparedness toward combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, Lenku said the county has also managed to purchase 20 specialised intensive care unit beds, all equipped with necessary tools.
“At this point in time, let me thank Korea International Cooperation agency for pledging our Kitengela Sub-County Hospital’s ICU centre,” said Lenku.
He said, basically, the county will have 4 ICU centres across the region in Ngong, Kitengela, Kajiado town, and in Loitokitok.
“I am pleased to bring to the attention of Kajiado people, and to the Kenyans at large, that we are continuing to create capacity and facilities to support our isolation centres to cater for the critically ill patients,” said Lenku.
He said the county’s polytechnics are playing a major role in the much required specialised beds in the isolation centres.
The governor said the polytechnics will continue to produce certified beds with the necessary support mechanism fit for isolation centres.
“I commit that the county government will go out of its way to make sure there is sufficient capacity to combat this pandemic,” said Lenku.
The county boss finally said: “We appreciate our position as a county sandwiched between Nairobi and Arusha, Tanzania, which are epicentres of Coronavirus pandemic, as a county, we have no choice but to rise to the occasion.”