Nyandarua County pumps Ksh 2.4B into fight against COVID-19

Written By: Prudence Wanza
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Nyandarua County Governor Francis Kimemia

Nyandarua has set aside Ksh 2.4 billion to fight the impact and the spread of Corona Virus in the county. 

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Governor Francis Kimemia disclosed that part of the funds has been used to procure ventilators, PPEs and masks in stepped up efforts to contain the disease, as the Country braces for Covid-19 peak from next month.  

“Apart from procurement of equipment, we have set aside Ksh.230million to fight this pandemic, which means the county has to put on hold other ongoing development projects,” he stated.  

Kimemia spoke on Monday during the Good Morning Kenya show aired on KBC Channel 1 where he gave an update on the County’s preparedness against COVID-19.  

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Additionally, the county has managed to install an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 15 beds and nine ventilators as well as an isolation facility with 330 beds in case the pandemic escalates.  

More than 8,000 water tanks have been installed in various markets in the County to ensure adequate hand washing in line with the Ministry of Health safety guidelines.  

Kimemia said surveillance had been intensified at the County’s 10 border points to check movement of people in and out of the County.  

This, he said will make contact tracing easier in the event of a positive case.  

The County is also working closely with officers from the Nyumba Kumi initiative to sensitize the communities against stigmatization of COVID-19 victims and taking proper precautionary measures against the disease.  

He further appealed to the people of Nyandarua County residing in Nairobi or other areas to avoid visiting their parents and the elderly in wake of COVID-19. 

Kimemia says that young people could unknowingly pass the virus to their elders leading to more infections.  

He advised them to use phone communication and mobile money transfer at least until the decline of infections in the Country.  

“While I acknowledge that we cannot stop children from visiting their parents at the same time we highly encourage them to keep staying where they are,” he stated.  

“It is advisable that the middle class working in Nairobi and other counties to minimize interactions with their parents and grandparents until we see how this disease is contained,” Kimemia said  

A previous statement by the Council of Governors Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya revealed that only 26 Counties have been able to put up a 300-bed isolation Center in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive.  

Currently, Kenya has 10,294 COVID-19 cases and Health officials have warned that easing the lock-down measures could lead to an increase of infections and deaths.  

However, this could be avoided by adhering to all safety protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health. 

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