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COVID19 cases in Migori a worry to Its Neighbors

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KIsii Governor James Ongwae signs ksh. 298 million supplementary budget. photo courtesy

Following the increase Cases of COVID 19 in Migori county now the trend is worrying in Kisii county which is the neighboring county .

This has made Leaders to raise concern over the same by saying that the trend is worrying to the neighboring counties hence calling upon the National Government to advice neighboring counties on measures to take to curb the spread of the disease.

Addressing the Press On Tuesday Kisii county Governor James Ongwae noted that Kisii County has not recorded any case of the pandemic and has set up isolation, quarantine Centers and sensitized residents on measures to take to curb it but more is needed since the neighboring county has been affected.

Ongwae noted that the county has also set up 13 entry points linking the county with neighboring counties for screening passengers who enter and leave Kisii County, stressing health and security officers are undertaking the screening.

Governor state that chances of the Covid 19 infections spreading into Gusii remain high if stricter restrictions, among them closing entry points, is not done. 

” We definitely did not want to head here but it is a step that should be on the table to control the spread of this disease,”  the Governor said 

As counties we definitely have put hands  tied to enhance further strict measures than we have done. We want higher powers to intervene so as we ensure the situation is under control,” added Ongwae. 

By Monday , Migori County had registered  9 Covid 19 infections making it the leading in Nyanza region. 

Ongwae who at the same time assented Ksh.  298 million supplementary budget to fight the scourge, and stressed that the funds will be used to support health staff, victims of floods, hunger, buy masks and sanitizers for residents across the County .

The County Assembly had re-allocated Ksh. 32 million, traveling allowance, Ksh. 15 m for the construction of the Assembly’s chambers while the County  and the national governments will provide Ksh. 95 m and Ksh 156m respectively.

Ongwae, accompanied by Deputy speaker, Davins Onuso, Budget and Appropriation Committee Chairman, Dennis Ombachi, Majority Leader, Timothy Ogugu, Minority Leader, James Ondari, Chief Whip, John Ombati, Finance Executive Committee member, Moses Onderi and County Secretary, Patrick Lumumba said the  county has contracted Nyaore polytechnic to make masks to be distributed in the county’s 45 electoral Wards.  

Ogugu urged the Finance Executive Committee Member to factor funds in the 2020/2021 budget to mitigate the impacts of Post Covid 19.

He said the House is to pass legislation and work closely with the Executive to mitigate the impacts of the virus and enhance development in the County.