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Location: Located in northwestern Kenya bordering Marsabit county to the east, Samburu county to the south-east, and Baringo and West Pokot County to the south, to the South-west 

Area (Km 2): 68,680.3 Km 2

Climate/Weather: Warm and hot climate, unreliable rainfall pattern ranging between 300mm and 4O0mm per annum

Road Network: Bltumen Surface (319.2 Km), Gravel Surface (296.7 Km), Earth Surface (2030.5 Km)

Turkana County

  • Turkana North
  • Turkana West
  • Turkana Central
  • Loima
  • Turkana South
  • Turkana East.

Population: 855,399 (Male - 52 %, Female - 48 %)

Population Density: 6.9 people per Km 2

National Percentage: 2.2 %

Annual Growth Rate: Not Available

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (46.0%), 15-64 years (51.6 %), 65+ years (2.4%)

Number of Households: 123,192

  • Lake Turkana National Park

Some Strengths of Turkana County include:

  • Natural resources as gemstones, gold, saltlicks, wildlife, Lake Turkana and Koobi Fora,
  • Tourist Attractions as Lake Turkana National Park, Loiyangalani Desert Museum, Koobi For a Namoratung’a cradle of mankind site
  • Main Economic Activities include Livestock farming, trade, fishing, weaving and tourism

Potential Minerals: graphite corundum, chromite, asbestos, nickel, sillimanite, vermiculite, garnet, tourmaline, copper, beryl, talc, magnesite, gypsum, bentonite, trona, rare earths, gold

Number of Institutions (2007): Primary (202), Secondary (19)

Primary: Enrollment (122,883)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 51

Secondary: Enrollment (48,004)

Teacher to Pupil Ratio: 1: 27.7 (Public Schools)

Tertiary: At least 2 Institutions

Adult Literacy Classes: Enrollment (562) 

Health Facilities: District Hospitals (3), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (91), Health Centres (6), Medical Clinics (19), Health Programs (3), Others (3)

Doctor to Population Ratio: 1: 52,434

Infant Mortality Rate: 60/1000

Under Five Mortality Rates: 12/1000

Prevalent Diseases: Malnutrition

Notable Hospitals: Lodwar, Katilu, and Lokitaung District Hospitals


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