Covid 19: Khaemba calls for extension of time for counties to equip isolation centers

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba address journalists in Kitale

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to extend the timeline on a directive requiring county governments to set up at least 300-bed isolation centres in readiness to deal with the surging number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Governor Khaemba said the process of acquiring equipment for handling the emergency cases will take time due to delays in procurement procedure hence the called for extra days.

“It’s only 11 counties which have enough beds while the rest have to acquire the extra beds and ventilators to manage any emerging cases of patients. This takes time,” he noted.

Governor Khaemba said his government has put in place preparation for procurement of the required equipment which is on course but called on his officers to follow due process.

“I have instructed my staff to ensure that all due processes of procurement are done in line with the law. We want due processes to be followed to ensure the process is above board,” he said.

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The governor spoke in Kitale on a tour of the county’s teaching and referral hospital which is under construction. The facility will act as the isolation center that will accommodate the 300 beds.

“We are currently relying on the 32 bed capacity Mt. Elgon Hospital for isolation center. We have managed to acquire five ventilators so far in readiness for patients,” said the county boss.

The governor called on locals to keep observing guidelines set to contain the spread of the virus challenging those who have resorted back to the normal culture of crowding and interaction to be cautious.

“We should keep hygienic and social distancing measures to avoid the spread of the virus because that the best way to contain the spread of the Corona Virus,” said the county boss.