Taita Taveta County Shifts Focus to Support the Vulnerable Groups in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The County Government in conjunction with the National Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and various well-wishers are working together to ensure vulnerable groups are supported as part of the COVID-19 response.

According to the Governor’s Economic Advisor Matthew Njoroge, Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs), the elderly, women and children are likely to pay the highest price during this pandemic.

This group is at risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19. Mr. Njoroge said this while leading the disinfection exercise of Mwatate Central Business District on behalf of the Governor.

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In his remarks, while flagging off the disinfection exercise in Taveta Sub County, CECM Health Services John Mwakima said the Governor is leading a resource mobilization team in a bid to stock pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical, and foodstuffs purposely to cushion the County residents during this pandemic.

On the other hand, CECM Public Works, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Gasper Kabaka, who had accompanied his Health counterpart for the exercise said that other County Departments have vowed to work together in the fight against COVID-19.

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“All Departments are working towards supporting the Department of Health Services to achieve its fundamental mandate of ensuring a healthy county. For example, my Department has ensured that feeder roads destroyed by rains are passable to facilitate movement of healthcare workers to every village. The Department of Water is devoted to ensuring the availability of clean water throughout this period since Water is a key commodity in this fight. We are all in support of various initiatives by H.E Granton Samboja to combat this virus” Said Kabaka.

Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Taita Taveta chapter Chairman Andrew Mwamburi, has also urged the business community in the County to religiously support the Government’s efforts to arrest the spread of this virus.

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“We all know that prevention is better than cure. This is not a fight for the government alone, every Kenyan has a role to play. I am aware that we (the business community) have suffered due to the closure of some businesses to curb the spread of the virus, but let’s not give up and abandon the government at this hour of need, ” said the renowned businessman.

The County Government has put various measures including mandatory screening of all travelers using the Mombasa – Nairobi Highway and Rombo-Taveta Road in addition to other screening points at the Standard Gauge Railway stations and the Holili-Taveta One-Stop Border Post.

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