UNV Stories From The Field 21st August 2020

My name is Joram Kibet Kipkenei, a Laboratory Technologist and UN health volunteer. I serve at Kamalel COVID-19 Isolation Centre, Eldoret in Uasin Gishu County.
Uasin Gishu county is in the northern part of the Rift Valley. The climate in Uasin Gishu is warm and temperate. It is a rich agricultural area part of Kenyas breadbasket - supporting large-scale grain, horticulture and dairy farming. Eldoret town, the headquarters of the county, is also known as the City of Champions because it is home to several national athletes and world track beaters.
Together with my team of fast-responders, we have been conducting COVID-19 community awareness sessions. Mostly holding health talks to long-distance truck drivers when they come for COVID-19 screening and testing at Huruma Reference Laboratory on how one can protect themselves and others from the disease.
It is encouraging that most people are donning facemasks in social spaces and handwashing facilities have also been setup in markets and shopping centers.
One of the most heartwarming moments of working in my community, was when I helped an abandoned young boy rescued from the streets. The minor, aged about one and half years, could not be admitted to a child rescue home until his COVID-19 status had been established. A policewoman at Central Police Station in Eldoret informed my team of the minors predicament he had lost his mother and had no other known relative. We collected samples from the boy for COVID-19 testing and the results turned negative. The boy has since found shelter at the child rescue and is doing well.
Working as a COVID-19 UN Volunteer responder deployed by UNDP is a unique opportunity for me to serve my community and contribute to their well-being.
Sector: Health
County: Uasin-Gishu
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