Hours after Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua announced additional allowances for medical personnel, his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya has followed suit.
In a message delivered at the County Headquarters, Governor Oparanya says that all health workers based in Kakamega will receive incentives in their fight against Coronavirus.
“Today we held a cabinet meeting and agree to give all health workers incentives to boost their morale in the fight against coronavirus. They are our number one army in this fight,” said Governor Oparanya.
He noted that recruitment exercise for healthcare workers is in progress and those who will be hired will have a three-year contract.
The governor also extended the leave days by 15 more days for county staff who are not offering essential services.
He revealed that the county government has enhanced screening on people in the county and so far 47,372 people have been screened.
“We have turned the car park at Bukhungu Stadium to be used for fumigation of passenger vehicles. 400 vehicles have complied and I urge Matatu SACCOs to encourage their members to support the exercise,” he said.
Oparanya has also launched the COVID-19 Prevention Hygiene Program by Evidence Action; a program that is targeting nine counties.
The program targets to reach thousands of deserving household with supplies such as soap for the next four months
In Kakamega alone, the program targets to reach 100,000 households, as well as create awareness about COVID-19.
Funds allocated for the program will also be used to support efforts to disinfect different areas such as marketplaces and bodaboda sheds.
Speaking Thursday afternoon at the County headquarters Kakamega, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala called on the County Assembly of Kakamega to urgently re-convene for a special sitting to discuss re-direction of all domestic and international travel budget to the COVID-19 kitty.
“I would like to urge the honorable members to re-allocate those funds so that we can set up a food reserve for the County in preparation for this pandemic,” senator Malala said.
Ikolomani MP Benard Shinali who is also the chairman of the Kakamega County MPs Caucus said he had personally set aside Ksh. 1.2 million towards the COVID-19 County kitty.
During the event, the Governor flagged off a convoy of trucks packed with sanitizers, soap and masks headed for other counties in western and Nyanza regions.
The event was also witnessed by deputy governor Prof. Philip Museve, CECMs, County Secretary and Head of Public Service Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo, Chief Officers, among other national and county government officials.