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County establishes ICU block, isolation centres in Sh135 million COVID war

Governor Lenku looks on as a Maasai moran washes hands during his community sensitisation agaisnt COVID 19 in Kajiado South yesterday April 9.
Governor Lenku looks on as a Maasai moran washes hands during his community sensitisation agaisnt COVID 19 in Kajiado South yesterday April 9.

Kajiado will immediately put up a 7- bed intensive care unit section after county assembly approved Sh135 million supplementary budget on Wednesday.

The supplementary budget was passed in a record one hour during the online sitting via zoom convened by speaker Johnson Osoi.

Kajiado referral hospital and each of the sub-county hospitals in Ngong, Loitokitok, Kitengela, Ongata Rongai and Ole Kasasi health centre will be equipped will an isolation centre from the supplementary money set aside by the assembly.

Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said on Thursday he had directed his finance CEC member, Alais Kisota, to divert all the remaining money in the domestic and foreign travel accounts to COVID-19 war kitty.

Lenku said the money will be drawn from both the executive and the county assembly kitties.

The Kajiado News Update has reliably established that the accounts have Sh24 million. The executive one has Sh17 million, while the county assembly account has Sh7 million.

The county assembly House budget committee chairman, Henry Kimiti, admitted the foreign travel vote account was raided by the executive money taken to fight the pandemic.

Governor Lenku before flagging off medical equipment to various hospitals last week.
Governor Lenku before flagging off medical equipment to various hospitals last week.

“Even the money meant for some development projects in schools and polytechnics was reallocated because these can wait until the next financial year,” said Kimiti on the telephone yesterday.

Governor Lenku ordered that no staff should travel anywhere before June 30, even if COVID -19 is contained before then, adding that there would be no money to fund such a trip.

Documents

Assembly documents in our possession show the county emergency kitty was boosted with a further Sh40 million with Sh25 million set aside to buy drugs and other essential pharmaceuticals. 

The documents also indicate that Sh10 million will go to non-pharmaceuticals while a further Sh14 million will be used to facilitate operations of the now overwhelmed medical staff.

Lenku told the Star that food rations in hospitals will get a further boost of Sh8 million. Washing points, he said, will also be put up in all major public places.

The passage of the new funds is now the clearest indicator that the relationship between the governor and Speaker Osoi has been mended after many months of both working in isolation.

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