COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test machine has been installed at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The machine was facilitated by the National Government is ready for use.
The county will no longer be taking samples to Kisumu for testing. This is expected to improve the turnaround time for results.
The PCR machine; Quant Studio 5 RT-PCR Equipment was procured through World Bank funding.
Kisii County Governor James Ongwae thanked the National Government for considering Kisii County to have the machine which will go a long way in boosting the county’s COVID-19 surveillance and control system.
“Sadly, we are faced with another round of the COVID-19 due to an obvious reason; ‘we dropped the guard’ along the line.”
On Wednesday, 100 samples were collected and tested for COVID-19, of which forty-eight (48) samples tested positive, yielding a positivity rate of 48 per cent.
A total of 10,293 cumulative tests have so far been conducted in the county.
In total, the County has given out a total number of 9,951vaccines to most at-risk categories including, health workers (1922 vaccines), security officers (651), teachers (1854), above 58 years (3156) and others (2368).
By Frank Akunga