Over 400,000 facemasks will be locally produced by the County Government in a partnership bringing together vocational institutions, self-help groups and private individuals with the aim of making them accessible and affordable to County residents.
While inspecting a production unit established at the Melangine Vocational Training Center Tuesday afternoon, Governor Kimemia assured residents that the three-ply masks will be available to residents at an initial affordable cost of Ksh.30 per piece, and free to the most vulnerable.
Already, the County is producing an average of 3000 pieces per day with production expected to increase to 10,000 per day after installation of new commercial machines.
“Ultimately, we will be able to provide these masks at an even affordable price of about Ksh.10 after full operationalization of all production units and contracting of more actors, who must be from the County. It was my intention that we are able to sustain ourselves as a County rather than import, while at the same time developing our capacity as and creating local employment,” Governor Kimemia added.
The masks have been developed with specifications derived from the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Bureau of Standards with supervision by trainers of trainers who had been seconded by the Department of Education for training at the Dedan Kimathi University.
Tuesday, Governor Kimemia distributed over 5000 masks to various institutions and entities, among them market traders, boda boda riders, matatu operators and residents from vulnerable backgrounds. Other institutions producing them include Ndaragwa, Ngorika, and equipping of Kinangop and other youth polytechnics ongoing.
Later, the County head witnessed fumigation of various offices, public spaces, public transport vehicles and boda bodas.
Over 25 markets have been fumigated across the County.