Revealed: What President Uhuru wants done before opening up economy
President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Governors that the decision to re-open the country’s economy will be informed by the level of preparedness by the devolved units to respond to Covid-19 infections.The President said the decision will largely be determined by the counties capacity to effectively respond to new cases of Covid-19 imported into their territories.
“County readiness to respond to new imported cases of infection will largely determine our national readiness to re-open the country as a whole.”I say this because the nation is the sum total of all the 47 counties. If the counties have met the necessary thresholds, then the nation will be ready to re-open,” he said. The President spoke today during a virtual meeting of the national and county governments coordinating summit that was also attended by Deputy President Dr. William Ruto and representatives of religious and business sectors.
During the extra-ordinary summit, also addressed by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and his Education counterpart Prof George Magoha, a progress report on the roll-out of the minimum Covid-19 response measures required ahead of the re-opening of the economy was presented.
The progress report was presented by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is also the current Chairperson of the Council of Governors. In his report, Governor Oparanya said Counties had attained a total of 6,898 isolation beds against the national target of 30,500 units. He said, 12 counties had met the 300 per county isolation beds threshold while 34 devolved units were on course to meet the target within the month. On human resources, Governor Oparanya reported that a total of 16,914 health personnel had been trained on Covid-19 management among them 59,449 community health volunteers.