By Reuben Olita
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been lauded for playing a significant role in reduction of Coronavirus (Covid-19) positive cases being recorded in Busia County.
Chief Officer for Medical Services, Dr Isaac Omeri revealed that the support provided by CDC through various partners among them Global Implementation Solutions (GIS), International Training and Education Centre for Health (ITECH) and Washington States University has created a positive impact in the fight against Covid-19.
“It is because of the support from CDC that we are not reporting high numbers of Covid-19 cases in the County,” he stressed.
The Chief Officer made the remarks at the Health Offices in Busia Town during a visit by the CDC Public Health Specialist (Infection Control/AMR), Linus Ndegwa who was making a follow up on the support provided towards Infection, Prevention and Control practices.
Ndegwa noted that through GIS, an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), has been set up at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH) while the International Training and Education Centre for Health (ITECH) Kenya and Washington States University have supported Infection, Prevention and control of diseases.
“The setting up of the EOC was critical in terms of detecting what was coming. We hope that we will continue working together particularly on staffing to ensure the facility serves the intended objective.”
He further emphasized the need for locals to get vaccinated against Covid-19, adding that myths and misconceptions should not discourage them from being inoculated.
The Director Medical Services, Dr Janerose Ambuchi said they will continue working closely with CDC and other partners to ensure the disease is controlled.
Others present were BCRH Medical Superintendent, Dr Namudala Emukule, Western Kenya Health Security Advisor-CDC Samwel Omondi, GIS representative Charles Okendo and Busia EOC Manager Jude Oduor.