CoG urges Treasury to release Ksh 66B owed to County Governments

Written By: Hunja Macharia

The Council of Governors has urged Treasury to expedite release of funds to Counties to enable them enhance measures against COVID-19.

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CoG Chairperson Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora says, the current outstanding amount owed to Counties by the National Government stands at Ksh 66b.

In terms of distribution, Nairobi County is owed Ksh 2.6b for the month of December and January while another 22 Counties are owed a cumulative Ksh 1b for the month of February.

Additionally, Ksh 25b is owed to the 47 Counties for the month of March as well another Ksh 28b for the month of April.

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Wambora says disbursement of funds to Counties remains a challenge saying as at Monday 10th May, Treasury had only released Ksh 4.6b to County Governments.

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Wambora spoke during the Council of Governors address on the state of COVID-19 in Counties.

He revealed that 917, 068 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine dose, among them Healthcare workers, Teachers as well those in the security sector.

Wambora urged Kenyans to remain cautious saying the Indian variant of Coronavirus which is now in our borders means Kenyans must adhere to the protective measures without compromise.

He said in the last one week, 30 Counties have addressed various critical issues related to the virus.

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“Isolation beds have increased by 313 after some patients recovered from the disease, while ICU and HDU beds have increased by 78 and 22 respectively,” He said.

Wambora has also urged the Government not to recall unused vaccines from Kwale, Samburu, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo, Tan River and Lamu saying the Counties will manage to utilize the vaccines before the end of their shelf life.

He urged the Ministry of Health to expedite provisions of testing kits to enable Counties to upscale testing at border points.

The CoG Chairman said they have put up various measures to safeguard learners, teachers and support staff from the virus.

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1.1 million facemasks have been distributed to learners and trainees in ECDE Centers and Vocational Training Centers while 9,431 hand washing stations have been set up in strategic positions within learning institutions.

He said additional classrooms have also been built to enhance social distancing adding that there will be frequent fumigation of common areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wambora said public transport continues to be a serious challenge in the prevention of the spread of the virus warning that County Governments will continue to enforce adherence on number of passengers in PSVs.






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