Kericho Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai was buried yesterday, with leaders calling on the national and county governments to channel resources and efforts towards the fight against Covid-19.
Leaders present at the funeral pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to put on hold non-essential development projects and programmes, and channel the resources towards purchasing vaccines for all Kenyans.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot said the best thing to do is to focus on fighting the virus.
“Without a robust national genomic surveillance system, we are flying blind with limited visibility into how and where the virus is mutating and spreading. We need to provide the vaccine to all Kenyans,” said Ainamoi MP Silvanus Maritim.
Belgut MP Nelson Koech urged county governments to invest more resources in building health facilities.“As you are doing supplementary and subsequent budgets, ensure more money goes to the health sector. We are running short of ICU facilities, oxygen and other healthcare essentials due to lack of proper planning at both levels of government,” Koech said.
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Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina, however, said Kenyans need to adhere to the Ministry of Health Covid-19 protocols, adding that hospital beds will not stop people from being exposed to infections if they fail to protect themselves.
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