His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has called for increased sensitization and training of personnel in the fight against the dreaded coronavirus.
Governor Kimemia emphasized the need to train security personnel especially police officers on how to protect themselves and the public while enforcing the current curfew.
“Kenyans are not taking this pandemic seriously. It is very sad that we haven’t realized the magnitude of what we are dealing with. We need to sensitize our people. We need to also educate our police officers that they too are exposed when they are dealing with crowd control,” said the governor.
He spoke when he accompanied Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya and other governors at a weekly update on coronavirus pandemic at the CoG headquarters in Nairobi.
He reiterated the need for the national government to put in place economic stimulus interventions for small and micro enterprises to cushion them against the impact of the virus.
The governor also supported the move by county governments to waive local municipal taxes on food stuffs and transportation of the same as away of ensuring continues supply of food and circulation of income in rural and urban areas.
He reiterated his earlier request to the national government not to disconnect power to Kenyans affected by the impact of the virus even as CoG called on lowering of electricity tariffs for all medical facilities in the country and not to disconnect in case of delayed payments fir at least the next three months.
Council of Governors chairman called for support from the national government to set up intensive care units facilities in twenty-two counties that do not have a single ICU bed. A recent survey indicated that only 24 counties have functional ICU facilities.
The governors also called on support in acquiring more ventilators, masks and other testing equipment. They also called on government to operationalize five regional laboratories to help test the virus. Only two institutions – Kenya Medical Research Institute and the National Influenza Laboratory – are able to carry out the tests for government in the entire country.