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Uhuru issues tough measures before re-opening economy

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Thursday informed Governors that the decision to re-open the economy lies with their level of preparedness.

The President continued by saying depending on the capability of counties to handle imported cases from other counties will determine his decision to re-open.

Present at the virtual meeting was the Deputy President William Ruto and stakeholders in the religious sector.

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Education CS George Magoha were also summoned in an extra-ordinary summit to give their progress on the minimum requirements required for the economy to be re-opened.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya issued a progress report on behalf of Governors saying that counties had attained 6,898 isolation beds compared to a target of 30,500 units issued.

He continued by saying only 12 counties had meet the 300 minimum isolation centers with 34 other counties on course to meet the requirement in a month’s time.

In terms of health personnel to be trained, Oparanya revealed that total of 16,914 health officials have been trained on the virus in addition to 59,449 Community based health workers.

Oparanya who was speaking on behalf of the 47 counties preparedness said that a total of 36 counties have a total of 343 ICU beds while 28 of them have a total of 337 ventilators.

The Chairperson of Governors thanked President Uhuru for his support in helping them purchase non-pharmaceutical items as he also supported gradual re-opening of the economy.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe informed the President of rising numbers in the country as he warned him against re-opening until when the minimum threshold id met.

Kagwe noted that counties that fast-tracked re-opening of their areas are currently witnessing rising number of cases currently.

He called on the Governors to speed up and hire 8,000 health workers under the proposed Universal Health Coverage plan.


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