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The Council of Governors has resolved to hold virtual extra-ordinary meetings to discuss key issues relating to COVID-19 in the Counties. This comes at a time when the global pandemic, COVID 19, has paralyzed normal operations across the world both in Government and in other sectors. So far, Governors have successfully held 5 virtual meetings to get updates from various Governors who sit in the National COVID- 19 response sub-committees.
Council of Governors Chairman HE Wycliffe Oparanya has emphasized the seriousness of the novel Corona Virus that has taken the world by storm and the need for partnership in the fight. “COVID- 19 is a serious pandemic that should be given the attention it deserves. It is important that as County Governments, we work together with the National Government to ensure that this pandemic does not have adverse impact on our people”. He further added that, the Country is in a crisis and as heads of sub-national Governments Governors have to be on top of issues that relate to the Counties.
It is during these virtual meetings that the Council receives weekly updates from the security preparedness and response committee that reviews security matters, food supply committee that reviews issues of food security during this period, the National Emergency Committee, National Economic and Business Response Committee and the National Coordination Response Committee.
County Governments have put in place measures in readiness if a reported COVID –positive case including but not limited to: Isolation wards, quarantine facilities, set up ICU beds, procured ventilators, trained Health Workers at the County, Sub-County, Ward and village level, procured PPE kits, raised awareness about the virus in the Counties and nationally. County Governments have also availed IEC Materials, fumigated and decontaminated public spaces, installed sanitation points in markets, bus parks and public offices, distributed face masks to the members of the public, set up County, Sub-County, Ward and Village Response Committees. They have set up incident command centers, County war rooms to monitor food situations and hotlines for the public to call in case of an emergency. County Governments have also set up temperature check points and have cumulatively set aside Ksh 6.2 billion as emergency fund to deal with COVID. The Council has also been very deliberate in informing the members on the progress made by County Governments in the various sectors through the weekly press briefing.
Currently, the Council is in the process of developing a socio-economic strategy paper that will help County Governments rebuild their economy following the adverse effects of the pandemic that has crippled many businesses and brought to a standstill the service industry.
As Counties continue to fight the effects of the virus under the stewardship of Excellency Governors, the GOG leadership through the Chairman has emphasized the significance of the stakeholders such as the development partners and the private sector who have supported the counties in various ways. “We would not be where we are now in this fight if not for the support we’ve had from the National Government, the development partners as well as all the other parties who have supported us during this period. The donations received so far have made a notable impact and we are grateful.”

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