Making his presentation during the ongoing training for county staff on fire occupational safety and first aid at Hotel Breeze, Mr Charles Okendo from GIS said the County Government has availed the former Medical Superintendent's Office at the Busia County Referral Hospital to facilitate their operations.
"We have since refurbished and furnished the office and installed a toll free line 0800721009 and an email account: [email protected] where members of the public can make enquiries on matters public health, fire, rumours or any emergency," he said.
Mr Okendo thanked the County Government for offering them office space and for seconding five members of its staff to facilitate their operations, noting that they practice an open door policy to serve county residents without discrimination.
GIS started its operations in the county five years with bias in laboratory implementation activities. It supported Nangina Mission, Alupe and Busia County Referral Hospitals which have since been accredited through the support of the Non Governmental Organization.
GIS has since diversified its activities by setting up Public Health Operation Centre through the support of Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Busia is the only county in the former Western Kenya where the Public Health Operations Centre has been set up out of 17 counties across the country.
He said GIS has also undertaken training of rapid response teams in all the seven sub counties and stakeholders in emergency response.
"The call centre, which is under one command person, is 24 hours operational with officers ready to receive information from the public on fires, diseases or capturing rumours that will help the team ascertain before informing the county government," he said.
PHOTO | Emergency Operation Centre Toll Free Number
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