Nakuru County has hired 295 more medical workers to boost healthcare delivery in the region amind the war against the coronavirus.

Those hired under the universal health coverage programme include nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, radiographers, clinical officers and public health officers.

The county has also employed 21 doctors, consultants and 30 specialised ambulance operators.

Health executive Dr Gichuki Kariuki said the move followed the county’s upgrading of health infrastructure.

“Apart from boosting the fight of Covid-19, the medics will improve service delivery in newly established health facilities across the region.They will be deployed to all the sub-counties in the region,” he said during an induction ceremony for the medics in Nakuru town, an exercise that will last four day.

He reiterated Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s administration’s commitment to improving healthcare, citing heavy infrastructural investments as one of his key agenda.

Virus status

Nakuru has tested 10,000 samples for the virus and recorded 680 cases including 140 recoveries and 14 deaths.

At least 20 patients are at isolation facilities in hospitals including Nakuru Level Five, Naivasha and Langalanga.

The county has introduced home-based care for asymptomatic patients, a programme that has 165 patients. At least six patients in the county have recovered at home.