By Chaduchi Correspondent, August 31, 2020, Kilifi Kenya, 16.00HOURS EAT
When i was in high school, i was steaming because one classmate used to get high exam grades than me. I witnessed him doing well in every subject than me and i felt like am getting left behind. He was getting awards during school academic ceremonies and teachers had high regard on him while i was feeling like am getting bupkis. Why is everything so unfair to me? I queried to myself who thought things were actually unfair. Later i realized that he was getting ahead of me since he embraced a cocktail of student’s behaviours that kept him mentally strong and always winning the academic game in class.
The same case applies with the fight against Covid 19 by different county administrations in Kenya. Though not a competition as such, they are governors who are lagging behind in responding to the pandemic while others are ahead. Chaduchi News Confirms that Governor Amason Jeffah Kingi of Kilifi County is ahead of others. Let me tell you how.
On March 12, 2020, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, announced the first Corona-virus disease (COVID-19) case in the country, a Kenyan citizen who traveled back to Nairobi returning from the United States of America via London, the United Kingdom on the 5th March 2020. Since then, CS Kagwe has been on a crusade to ensure that the virus is contained, going on to call on leaders to step up and aid in combating the deadly virus. Governors have since been actively coming up with ways to ensure the safety of their county residents. To date, Governor Kingi has stood out for his relentless efforts to eliminate Covid-19 in Kilifi County.
The Kilifi governor, on April 2, held his first Cabinet meeting via video link where he approved a move to raise Ksh844 million emergency fund to fight Covid-19.
On March 23, Kingi admitted himself into self-quarantine, following allegations that his deputy Gideon Saburi, had potentially contracted the virus following his return from Germany on March 5.
On March 18, his county government had also set aside a Ksh75 million emergency funds kitty to facilitate in setting up of four isolation centres for suspected cases of coronavirus, with Jibana, Ganze, Msumarini and Gede health facilities named so far.
On April, Governor Kingi unveiled a multipurpose medical complex in its preparation to combat the COVID 19 disease. The ultramodern facility of 150 bed capacity with six Intensive Care Units (ICUs) fully fitted with ventilators has been described as ‘state-of-the-art’ facility in dealing with the dreadful virus in Kilifi County.
The advent of COVID-19 forced the County government to change its plans and turn the facility into a complex one after the completion of the first phase. “Initially, the whole project was set to have a cancer unit. ICU, RDU among other specialized units. The ground and first floors were ready to serve those tested positive for coronavirus.
This apart, the County has also established Isolation Centres at Mbudzi, Jibana, Gede, Mtwapa, and Malindi after being hit by its first COVID 19 cases in March.
”We must prepare and brace ourselves with any eventuality based on this pandemic. We cannot afford surprises! That’s why we are equipping this facility in readiness,”
Says the Governor.,
To ensure the County remains free from any positive cases after the last six patients who tested positive were all discharged, the government has put up stringent measures to maintain the status quo. The County has also beefed up security to all its entry points while warning that those arrested using panya routes to gain access they will be dealt accordingly to the Public Health Act.
On July, the Cabinet Secretary for Health (CS), Mutahi Kagwe toured Kilifi County to assess the level of preparedness in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing a Pressing in the company of the host, Governor Amason Kingi, Health CAS, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, Ag. Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth, the CS emphasized the need to upscale capacity to contain the ongoing community transmission and thanked Kilifi for the good effrots made.
Kilifi county is one of the 42 counties with reported cases of COVID-19. While Nairobi leads with 5,187 people infected, followed by Mombasa 1,718, Kilifi is number 10 with 17 infections and 45 discharges by July 202. It was reported in that conference that the county has far recruited 138 health care workers under the Universal Health Care program to boost human resource capacity and 89 more are in the process of being recruited. The CS disclosed that the Ministry of health has equipped the county referral hospital with renal, radiology & theatre equipments under the MES program to boost health outcome in the area.