The Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya has said counties affected by floods in the Western and North Rift regions are experiencing the outbreak of waterborne diseases and malaria.
Oparanya, who is also the Chairman of the Council of Governors (CoG) stated on Wednesday that the counties have a shortage of disease-testing kits and medical supplies.
The CoG Chair said tens of thousands of people suffered from the havoc of floods in the country and that both levels of government are mitigating the effects of the menace.
“The counties are working very closely with the national government to avail food and non-food items to the victims,” he said.
He disclosed that Devolution Cabinet Secretary (CS), Eugene Wamalwa will visit areas hit by floods, including Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori and Kakamega counties starting on Thursday to distribute the supplies.
The governor also urged the pubic to continue visiting healthcare facilities, citing a significant decrease in the number of people going to hospitals for medical attention for fear of contracting the Covid-19 disease.
He said that there is a drastic fall in the number of children being vaccinated which might lead to the surge in preventable diseases in future.
The county head said measures have been put in place in each health facility to ensure that the Corona Virus patients are separated from those with other ailments.
By Sammy Mwibanda/Remigius Maloba