CS Mutahi Kagwe Together With the Council of Governors. Photo/Courtesy [File]
Every time governors address Kenyans about the status of corona in their counties, they always seem to sympathise with the situation rather than offer solutions.
As Kenyans wait to hear the number of beds added by the governors in the intensive care unit (ICU), in the hospitals they oversee, the county officials are appearing to complain about the shortage of beds.
"Do they want citizens to contribute to the purchase of ICU beds?"analyst sought to know. Last week, the county officials, through the chairman of the Health Committee of Governors Anyang' Nyong’o, complained about the lack of corona virus testing equipment in their counties.
The same governors two weeks ago said there were only 259 ICU beds in 42 counties outside the five counties in the high-risk corona area.
The five counties closed to prevent corona infection are Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru and Machakos. During a ban on entry or exit from the five counties, President Uhuru Kenyatta said there were only 58 beds left in the ICU rooms.
That means there are no more than 300 open ICU beds in the country. It seems our government and governors have not learned anything from nations such as India, Brazil or Iran that are burdened with a large number of corona patients.
A recent Auditor General's report shows that more than Sh7.7 billion allocated for the fight against the corona epidemic was embezzled.
According to the report, the county officials awarded a corona antitrust contract to unqualified individuals and ordered equipment from private companies instead of the Drug Distribution Authority (Kemsa), among other evils. At times, governors have remained silent on the report of Auditor General Nancy Gathungu.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EAC) and the Criminal Investigation Department (DCI) should intervene and arrest governors who squandered public funds allocated to the war against the corona.
The money was to be used to buy equipment that would be used in hospitals used by citizens who could not afford the cost of treatment in private hospitals.
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