Nakuru MCAs approve formation of ad-hoc committee on COVID-19

Nakuru County assembly buildings.PHOTO/courtesy.

The Nakuru County assembly on Wednesday  approved the formation of a 11-member Ad-hoc Committee to explore ways of helping in the fight against COVID-19  across the County.

The members are a representation from all the suncounties.

The motion of guidelines on the fight against COVID-19 was sponsored by Kabazi Ward MCA Dr.Peter Mbae.

According to Mbae,the Committee will coordinate and serve as a linkage between the Assembly and the Nakuru County COVID-19 Emergency Response Committees.

The team will work  in collaboration with the other County Emergency Committees to explore how to cushion Nakuru residents from the effects of the pandemic and oversight the money allocated in combating the pandemic.

The committee will also activate early warning systems on the pandemic and other preventive measures, identify vulnerable cases top benefit from any social welfare, assistance from the county government and carry out all information and education initiatives to the public on the Pandemic.

In a phone interview after the passage of the same,MCA Mbae was categorical that the decision will be forwarded to the executive for implementation.

He called on the executive to expedite and ensure that the war on the COVID-19 is won.

” We have passed the motion on guidelines in the fight against COVID-19 and the same will be forwarded to governor so that the meetings and planning can commence” said Mbae.

Last week, the House approved the 2nd Supplementary Budget to combat the pandemic.

From the initial amount which Governor Lee Kinyanjui had proposed of Sh. 250 Million to help the most vulnerable residents, the House enhanced it  to Sh311 Million with Sh.3.7 Million allocated to each of the 55 wards, Sh 1.5 Million additional to be used by 30 wards who have most vulnerable people.

During the approval, the Assembly reallocated its Sh. 30million towards the purchase of ventilators towards Nakuru Level Five hospital, the biggest Referral Health Facility in the region which serves more than seven neighbouring counties.

The committee alongside other County committees will determine the specific needs of the vulnerable persons in the area, take lead in COVID-19 response, training, information, sensitization and activate early warning systems.

The House recommended all ward committees to come up with modalities to identify beneficiaries by April 20, 2020 and have the list of beneficiaries ready by April 24.

The House also recommended all purchases and supplies be done at the ward level and in cases where such supplies are not available, the same shall be noted in full committee meeting with requisite quorum before supplies are outsourced elsewhere.

The Government has always stated the war against COVID-19 can only be won if Kenyans abide by the measures we have put in place.

Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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