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Covid-19 Still Exists, Deputy Governor Warns

Siaya County has registered five active cases of Covid-19 in the past one week, area Deputy Governor Dr. James Okumbe has said.

Okumbe said the pandemic that has caused panic globally was still active and called on the local residents not to drop their guard, but to continue observing the ministry of health protocols aimed at curbing further spread of the virus.

The deputy governor was speaking Monday at the county referral hospital in Siaya town where he flagged off a consignment of drugs and medical supplies worth over Sh97 million.

Siaya deputy governor Dr. James Okumbe flags off one of the trucks carrying a consignment of drugs to the health facilities across Siaya county.
Photo by Philip Onyango.

The consignment as procured from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority by the county government and will be distributed to 149 health facilities across the county.

Okumbe, flanked by the county executive committee member for health, Dorothy Owino and her ICT and culture counterpart, Charles Ogada, said the public should not relax, hoping that Covid 19 will fade away without being managed.

“It is real in Siaya because in the last one week, we have received five active cases,” he said, adding that we need to continue obeying the established protocols such as wearing masks, keeping social distance and sanitizing.

The deputy governor cautioned the health department staff against diverting the medical supplies, warning that those found culpable will face the law.

“Over 85% of county residents rely on public health facilities and we do not want to hear that the drugs have ended up in private chemists or hospitals,” said Okumbe.

By Philip Onyango

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