The Nyandarua county government has proposed a budget of about Sh.800 million to help contain the Corona virus pandemic.
According to the Nyandarua County Finance Executive, Mary Mugwanja the funds will aid in putting in place an ultra-modern ten-bed capacity ICU facility at the JM Memorial hospital in Ol Kalou to help feed the less fortunate among other essential services.
She regretted that the county had no ICU facility a move that has been forcing them to transfer patients to Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyeri counties.
“We are yet to finalize our budgetary allocations to see our input as a county as we are waiting to get some funding from the National government and donors but in a nutshell, we need about Sh. 800 million for us to be adequately prepared,” added the CEC at Ol Kalou after receiving 2400 pieces of 100ml bottles of sanitizers that were donated by East African Breweries.
She noted that the process of upgrading a twin ward at the JM Memorial hospital which is to be converted and equipped to an ICU ward has started.
“We have profiled about 30,000 vulnerable families that we need to take care of and if we are to average that at Sh. 3,000 per family, we shall spend Sh. 180 million in a period of three months,” added Mugwanja.
Mugwanja added that the county intends to halt some developmental project and channel their money in realization of the budget in fight against the pandemic.
She also noted that they would provide about 10,000 free face masks to boda boda operators and some of its populace by the end of the week.
On his part, the Nyandarua Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Gideon Oyagi called on area residents to follow government directive in war against the virus noting the efforts were geared at keeping coronavirus at bay.
He regretted that some bar were still operating through the back doors in the advantage that courts were not seating.
By Jesse Mwitwa