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Thika court closed temporarily after staff test positive for Covid

Health & Science

Three employees at the Thika Environment and Land Court have tested positive for Covid-19.

In this regard, the court has been temporarily closed for two weeks starting today, acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said on Sunday.

All urgent matters for the Thika ELC Court shall be directed to the Murang’a ELC Court.

There are a total of 10 staff at the ELC court, all of whom have been identified, contacted and who must now go into self-quarantine with immediate effect pursuant to Ministry of Health protocols.

“We wish the affected staff members the quickest recovery. We shall resume normal service delivery as soon as circumstances allow,” Mwilu said.

This comes as county governments start administering the Covid-19 vaccine this week as governors meet to discuss modalities of distribution.

Council of Governors chair Martin Wambora said they would meet with the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to agree on modalities of distribution and coverage.

“We have 11 agendas but the Covid-19 vaccination is one of the main concerns to us. We shall be tabling our own ideas as well which include alternatives (for other Covid-19 vaccines),” said Wambora.

CoG Health Committee chairman Anyang' Nyong’o allayed fears that the vaccine was unsafe, saying the government cannot harm its people. "Therefore we urge Kenyans to stop spreading propaganda about the vaccine," said Prof Nyongo.

According to health officials, the first batch of vaccines will be administered on Monday.

First priority will be given to front-line workers among them healthcare workers, security personnel and teachers.

“Logistics to have the first batch of 57,000 doses administered to front-line workers have been worked on,” said Nakuru County Nursing officer Virginia Njeng'a.

According to the regional vaccination schedule seen by The Sunday Standard, at least 30,000 doses will be administered in the first week.

PGH is expected to administer 13, 500 doses in the first one week, 6,000 at Kericho County Hospital, 3,000 at Longisa, 3,000 at Nyahururu County Referral Hospital, with Samburu expected to administer 1,500.

In Kisumu, Health executive Boaz Nyunya said the county has received 15,000 vaccination doses.

"Kisumu has 4,000 health care providers. That dosage will be sufficient for them," said Nyunya.

On Tuesday, Kisumu county will start the first vaccination.

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