KISII, Kenya, July 2, 2020 – Kisii County government has allocated KSh4.6 billion for health services in its KSh12.4 budget for the current 2020-2021 fiscal year.
Speaking after assenting to the Finance Bill, the Kisii County Governor James Ongwae divulged a bulk of the health funds will be used to fight COVID-19 in the county.
The county gears up to ensure the virus does not spread after all five COVID-19 patients tested negative and discharged. The county doesn’t have any Covid-19 patient as of Wednesday (July 1).
The budget has given priority to health services, roads development, water reticulation, food security, sports development and urban development. Health services received the highest allocation translating to 40 per cent, followed by roads, agriculture, water and education department.
The governor was emphatic the county has attained the President’s request for at least 300 isolation beds for Covid-19 patients. He said the county has 310 isolation beds and over 400 quarantine beds.
However, the boss regretted that the county had a large number of individuals quarantined due to contravention of the COVID-19 containment protocols filing almost all beds meant for serious cases.
Ongwae said that going forward COVID-19 protocols’ offenders will be punished in a different way and not quarantining them. He lauded the Kisii County Assembly for its efforts in ensuring the budget has been approved in good time
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