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Health services in Laikipia will not be affected by shutdown, Governor 

Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has said that health services would not be affected by the expected shutdown of County services expected to commence on Thursday.

Speaking on Wednesday at his Nanyuki office after attending a virtual meeting of the Council of Governors, The Treasury, the Attorney General and the Controller of Budget, Governor Muriithi said that health services were critical and would therefore remain operational especially at such a time that the country was battling Covid-19 infections.

The announcement by the Laikipia governor seems to contradict the stand by the Council of Governors that advised counties to issue necessary notices that the county health facilities would not permit any new inpatient admissions.

“They will only provide minimal outpatient services and that all non-essential services be suspended and county employees are advised to proceed on leave for two weeks,” read part of the statement issued by COG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya.

Governor Ndiritu further stated that all other services would ground to a halt until such a time the revenue sharing stalemate is resolved.

He reiterated his earlier claim that there were forces bent on killing devolution saying the revenue sharing stalemate was as a result of interested forces keen on seeing devolution fail.

The governor said that he took an oath of office to protect the lives of his electorate and therefore would not wish to see them lack health services.

By Marrtin Munyi

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