Governors admit 300 bed capacity unattainable due to budgetary constrains

Governors are now admitting that it is impossible to attain the 100 per cent 300 bed capacity for the COVID-19 preparedness due to lack of finances.

The county bosses through the Council of Governors say unless the National Treasury releases Ksh 30.8 billion of their equitable revenue share for the 2019/202O financial year nothing much can be done by the devolved units and that  Kenyans must be prepared for the worst. 

Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya says the delayed funds will also affect county employees salaries making the situation worse.

So far all 47 counties have a cumulative total of 11,934 isolation beds.

26 counties have attained isolation facilities with the 300-bed capacity threshold while 20 are working toward that end withing the stipulated 30 day period.

Opananya said that Counites cumulatively have 447 ICU beds with 437 ventilators.

Out of the 47 counties according to the COG, 6 counties have certified laboratory facilities to carry out COVID-19 testing.

The counties include Machakos, Wajir, Trans Nzoia, Mombasa, Kilifi and Busia.

Kajiado and Nakuru counties additionally have COVID-19 mobile labs.

28,661 staff in the 47 counties have so far been trained to deal with COVID-19. In addition, 77,614 community health volunteers and assistants have been trained.

While giving the annual devolution status report, Oparanya indicated that the decreased economic activities in the county have diminished county governments’ own-source of revenue collection from Ksh 40.3 billion in the financial year 2018/19 to Ksh 37.6 for the financial year of 2019/20 hence the need of National Treasury to do the needful.

Kenya Friday recorded the highest number of COVID-19 patients so far with 796 people testing positive out of a sample size of 6,754 people.

This brings the total number of samples tested so far to 261,027.

The cumulative number of positive cases in Kenya now stands at 15,601, the Ministry of Health has announced.

Three of the new cases are foreign nationals while the rest are Kenyans aged between 1 and 87-years-old.

In terms of gender, 503 are males while 293 are female.

CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi during the daily brief said that out of the 796 positive cases today, 89% of them are asymptomatic.

“Out of the 15,601 infections we have in the country, 3.6% of them are health care workers,” she added.

The cases are distributed across the country as follows: Nairobi (539) Kiambu (63), Kajiado (37). Machakos (57), Migori (26), Kericho (15), Narok (11), Uasin Gishu (11), Nakuru (7), Busia (6), Mombasa (4), Kisii (3), Murang’a (2), Laikipia (9), and Siaya (2).

Embu, Kisumu, Nyeri and Transzoia have (1) case each.

Dr Mwangangi on a positive note announced that 378 new recoveries had been recorded. 199 under home-based care, while the rest, 179, were released from various hospitals.

On a sad note, Dr Mwangangi also noted that Kenya had lost 3 patients to COVID-19, which is a 1.7% rate of fatalities, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to 263.


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