Governor Sang Resorts to Homemade Face Masks After Rejecting 1000 PPEs From the National Government

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  • Appearing before County Assembly, Health CEC Ruth Koech said the county had neither received any support towards COVID-19 nor had any funds for it.
  • Sang has recalled all the sewing machines that he had allegedly donated to Women to be used at Cheptarit Vocational Training Center.
  • Nandi Health Workers were supplied with 1000 face masks but the health department rejected them saying the masks were of poor quality.

Governor Sang’s administration has mobilized resources towards local production of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) at Cheptarit Vocational Training Center in Mosoriot.

This was after the County Government through the Department of Health rejected 1000 face masks that were supplied to health workers in the county saying they were of poor quality and could pose a danger to doctors and health personnel.

The move by Governor Sang’s administration to locally produce face masks comes at a time the Ministry of Health has stated that only two textile industries have been approved to manufacture PPEs in the country.

On 29 March, CS Mutahi Kagwe said Kitui County Textile Company( KICOTEC) & Rift Valley Textiles ( RIVERTEX) were the only two companies who had met the standard requirements for mass production of PPEs.

He also warned Kenyans against buying and using face masks that have been made by the two textiles.

Nandi County Textiles (NACOTEX)

Controversial blogger Robert Alai took to social media on Monday evening and posted pictures of a textile production unit in Cheptarit Vocational Training Center he said it was set for launching by Governor Stephen Sang.

Alai’s post did not go well with the ‘Netizens’ who bashed governor Sang calling him a joker.

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The plan to locally produce face masks in Nandi County has also attracted criticism among residents who are questioning the quality of the PPEs to be produced and the government entity which approved the production unit in Nandi.

According to County Director of Public Relations Mr. Kipsaro Boit, the set up at Cheptarit VTC belongs to women who have benefited from the County’s Social Welfare project and have requested to be supported by the County Government of Nandi to produce face masks.

However, Governor Sang gave a conflicting statement saying his administration had engaged tailoring students in Nandi County Youth Polytechnics as well as some professional tailors among PLWDs from across the County to produce face masks and coveralls.

Emergency Funds

During an emergency sitting convened by the County Assembly to approve a supplementary budget to help the county in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Health CEC Ruth Koech said the county executive needed funds amounting to Sh130 million for the county to procure PPEs, sanitizers, and drugs.

The CEC added that Nandi is facing serious challenges including logistics to monitor persons who have been put under quarantine.

A total of 69 people have been put under mandatory quarantine in Nandi county among them are 39 foreigners.

All the samples that were taken for testing came negative but they remain in quarantine for 28 days.

Nandi County was among the counties with No ICU bed in any of its health facilities but the approval of the Supplementary budget will ensure the high-level hospitals are equipped with the same.

F. Wachira

Senior Digital Media Strategist

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