Counties to get Sh 5 billion grant for COVID-19 fight

County governments have received Sh 5 billion from the national government in conditional grants to help in the fight against COVID-19 even as the government plans on reopening the country’s economy.

According to health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, the funds will be used by counties to equip health facilities specifically the COVID-19 isolation centers.

Kagwe added that the money will also be used in buying personal protective equipment for healthcare workers as well as training community health volunteers to help in the management of COVID-19 patients.

The CS noted that well equipped isolation and treatment centers will go along way in helping the counties get ready for any eventuality keeping in mind the increasing number of infections being reported daily.

On Thursday,Kagwe said that the government might consider discharging COVID-19  positive patients who are not exhibiting any symptoms to allow them recover from home.

Experts have warned that most counties are not prepared to handle an outbreak of COVID-19 infections and warned the government against hurried resumption of normal activities.

Already, major COVID-19 isolation centers in Nairobi are reported to be full something  which is said to be worrying the government

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address the nation tomorrow  on the way forward in regards to the war on corona virus this is after the extended 21 day curfew elapses.