By Ntoyian Toronke
Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku says the “stay at home” guideline had posed a challenge by keeping residents away from public and trading areas as families depended on what they do during the day for food.
Speaking during the Governors press briefing hosted by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua,Lenku said urban areas were the most affected as breadwinners were unable to feed their households and therefore keeping businesses closed was almost becoming a hard nut to crack.
” Our urban populations are under intense pressure to stay away from towns and still fend for their families. A massive food relief programme is needed to cushion people from dying from hunger. Both National and County governments need to now start implementing a food distribution programme to save our people,” Lenku said.
Governor Lenku said social distance was the slowest adopted health guideline by Kenyans.
Accompanying COG Chairman Governor Oparanya host governor Dr. Alfred Mutua and Isiolo Governor H.E Dr Mohammed Kuti ,the Governor further said managing border points had not been fully effective as many people were using illegal entry points.
” In Kajiado , we have managed to close the main entry points but we are working with the county security team to smoke out those using alternative routes.Only food trucks are coming in and even thus, their crews are being tested thoroughly,” he said.
Mr Oparanya said devolved units had set aside a total of Sh 6.1 Billion through the supplementary budgets passed recently to fight COVID 19.
He added that 26 counties had equipped 209 Intensive Care Units ( ICU) beds and acquired 212 ventilators.
He also said the counties had recruited 5,550 health workers and were waiting for another more than 1,100 from the National Government.