The Council of Governors Thursday said that only 12 counties are compliant on an agreement to set up 300 isolation beds per county as part of measures to facilitate the easing of COVID-19 containment directives on July 6.
Kenya has 518 ICU beds, according to the Kenya Healthcare Federation and Critical Care Society, although not all are fully functional. Not all ICUs available in Kenya are fully used. Thomas Chokwe is an anesthesiologist at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital. He said that even in some major regional referral hospitals that have recently expanded ICUs, only a portion of the beds can be used safely because of staffing shortages.
While issuing a progress report on state of the preparedness of counties to President Uhuru Kenyatta, CoG Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya noted that 36 counties have a cumulative sum of 343 ICU beds while 28 counties have a total of 337 ventilators.
The Kakamega governor said Counties had attained a total of 6,898 isolation beds against the national target of 30,500 units.
He noted that a total of 16,914 health personnel had been trained on COVID-19 management with 59,449 community health volunteers.
Oparanya, nonetheless assured that counties have enhanced their response measures highlighting the role played by the President in the fight against the pandemic.
Kenya has since March reported 5384 infections out of which 1,857 recoveries have been registered.
As reported by Capital News.