NAIROBI, Kenya, April 24 – Council of Governors (CoG) Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya Thursday said every county will contribute Sh200,000 to the CoG COVID-19 Fund as part of efforts to contribute towards the fight against the pandemic.
Addressing journalists at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, he hailed efforts by counties to contain the pandemic while acknowledging more can be done to prevent further spread of the disease.
“County government set up a fund in which every county will contribute Sh200,000 each which will also support counties experiencing floods and mudslides, we urge every well wisher to contribute through the CoG secretariat,” he said.
While unveiling the CoG COVID 19 Fund on April 15, Oparanya said counties had committed Sh5 billion to the kitty as devolved units stepped up the fight against the virus.The National Treasury later committed an additional Sh5 billion to the kitty.
The Kakamega Governor further said the devolved units have a total of 10 testing centers with referral hospitals in Mombasa and Machakos awaiting approval as testing centers.
“This is a good progress, we intend to see intense testing in the coming days, further inspection of other laboratories is being conducted,” Oparanya noted.
In line with national government’s approval for counties to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from local supplier other than KEMSA, he said counties have began sourcing for the equipment from diverse suppliers.
President Uhuru Kenyatta last week declared a three-month waiver from the requirement on mandatory procurement from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).
“I am directing that county government receive a three month waiver from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) requirement for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and masks,” he said following a request by CoG.