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Baringo County Steps up Efforts to Maintain COVID-free Status

The  Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis on Monday July 20, 2020 flagging off part of the 220 water tanks to be distributed across 30 wards in the county to help washing of hands to counter COVID-19. Photo by KNA.

The  Baringo  County Government has maintained the tempo on the fight against covid-19 by distributing water tanks to boost sanitation.

Speaking during the distribution exercise at the county government headquarters in Kabarnet on Monday ,the Baringo governor, Stanley Kiptis said the tanks will go a long way in ensuring hygiene at the grass roots.

“Each ward will get seven tanks that we believe will help residents during this difficult times,” said Kiptis.

The governor also stated that his administration was putting up a facility in Mogotio sub-county to cater for the 300 bed isolation centre as ordered by the President.

“We are currently also procuring items to equip a 95 bed facility for the isolation centre to add to the current 90 beds available at Kaptimbor in Kabarnet, Mogotio and Eldama Ravine,” said the governor.

He also said that the county government was in the process of distributing 7000 bags of maize and 2000 of beans to the 85000 vulnerable residents in the county to cushion them against the adverse economic effects of covid-19.

Among other measures taken by the county government is screening at the county border entry points, a joint venture by all members of the North Rift Economic Block (NOREB).

“I thank the residents for cooperating with our health staff and availing themselves for random testing which we have been doing across the county for early diagnosis and management of the disease is very important,” said the governor.

The county boss said they plan to undertake mass testing of the disease once they get the funds and called on residents to take good care of the water tanks saying they purchased using the county resources and also continue to adhere to the covid-19 measures notwithstanding the county negative status.

“Let’s not take things for granted or relax on this disease as it is dangerous and has killed many Kenyans so far. I want to thank the residents but also continue to take caution, God indeed loves us,” said the Governor apportioning the county negative status to God’s grace.

Meanwhile, the governor eulogized with the county Women Representative, Gladwell Tungo for the loss of her husband to the disease.

The late Isaac Cherogony was laid to rest a week ago at his home in Kipkiamo village, Baringo North, bringing the total number of people buried in the county but had contracted the disease outside its borders to three.

By  Christopher Kiprop

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