The Meru County Administration has flagged off a consignment of face masks, water tanks, PPEs, and other protective equipment in efforts to combat the novel Coronavirus.
Speaking during the event in Meru today, Governor Kiraitu Murungi reassured residents that his administration is doing everything possible to prevent the virus from landing and spreading in the County.
“We are budgeting for Coronavirus cases even when we have none. We don’t know how long the pandemic will last, the reason we are preparing for the worst,” said the Governor.
Meru County is among the areas that have not reported any COVID-19 cases so far.
According to Governor Murungi, 12 out of the 15 suspected coronavirus cases turned out to be negative, with the remaining three awaiting test results.
He urged all Meru residents to observe social distancing and avoid unnecessary movements.
“We are not against anyone’s business. We are only reminding you that your business depends on your life. We have a duty to protect life first,” said the Governor.
Speaking during the same event, Meru Deputy Governor and Finance CEC Titus Ntuchiu called for sobriety and unity in handling the pandemic.
Hon. Ntuchiu said that any politics around the Coronavirus pandemic was regrettable, likening such activities to politics in funerals.
According to Hon. Ntuchiu, the County administration managed to raise a sum of Ksh.36 million to fight the pandemic through savings on recurrent expenditures.
Out of this amount, the Response Committee has allocated 13.4 million for pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceutical items from KEMSA.
The administration also obtained 36 sprayer pumps used to fumigate marketplaces, an exercise conducted twice every week.
The County Government has also obtained 80,000 face masks for vulnerable groups, obtained from local tailoring businesses at Ksh 30 each.
In addition, 730 tanks were obtained for distribution to all the Wards in the County, among other mentioned expenses.
According to Hon. Ntuchiu, a detailed report will be available concerning all the spending done in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
The event was attended by the Meru County Leader of Majority, Health CECM Mr. Misheck Mutuma, several CECs, MCAs as well as several other Meru County residents.