Nyandarua County leadership has prioritised setting up of an Intensive Care Unit at the J.M Memorial Hospital and enhancing the welfare of its health staff in to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The leaders who spend the better part of Monday in a meeting between the Executive and County Assembly leadership, resolved to increase the county strategic stock for the health facilities while setting up a kitty to cushion its citizenry against the effects of the pandemic.
“The second supplementary budget for the financial year 2019/2020, which has proposed several changes which aim at actualising some of the capital-intensive measures.
These include purchase and distribution of certified seeds and fertiliser for the farmers, fast tracking of recruitment of additional health staff and replenishment of the emergency kitty among others,” read in part a Communique by Governor Francis Kimemia Monday evening.
Kimemia also noted that more resources would be channeled towards ensuring uninterrupted water supply for the residents while revamping the community boreholes.
He lauded the Assembly’s commitment to fast track the budget within this week noting that the move will come in handy in cushioning the residents against the unprecedented effects of Coronavirus outbreak.
“I welcome the Assembly’s assurance to finalise the vetting of the Chief Officers by Tuesday (today) for the assumption of office before further delay,” added the governor.
A source at the meeting also hinted at the possible slashing of major budgetary allocations to redirect funding to these priorities, saying that the Nyandarua County Assembly was expected to give the finalised list of allocations by close of business on Wednesday.
By Anne Sabuni