Siaya County is committed to ensuring the availability of 300 beds for Covid-19 patients within the time frame provided by the national government, area deputy governor, Dr. James Okumbe has said.
Dr. Okumbe said that works on new wards in Siaya, Ambira and Bondo were progressing well and is expected to be ready within the next 30 days.
He was speaking in Siaya town today while receiving donations comprising two metric tons of beans and water tanks from Self Help Africa and One Acre Fund organizations respectively.
The deputy governor said the county was ready in case the government decides to open up the economy.
“We are in the process of putting up a 200-bed ward in Siaya town while Ambira and Bondo sub county hospitals will have new 50-bed capacity wards each within the next 30 days,” he said.
Okumbe hailed Self Help Africa and the One Acre Fund for their efforts to turn around agriculture in the county.
He said that through their efforts, local farmers had moved from subsistence farming using traditional tools to modern agriculture where they embrace use of modern inputs.
During the occasion, Self Help Africa donated two metric tons of beans, one of which will be distributed to vulnerable households for consumption and the other being seeds.
The One Acre Fund on the other had donated 20 water tanks with a capacity of 500 litres each to be distributed in the county to enhance hand washing.
By Philip Onyango