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Counties warned on new Covid variant

By ROBERT KIPLAGAT | Wed,Feb 17 2021 00:00:00 EAT

Counties bordering East African countries have been asked to be more vigilant following a spike in the new variant of Covid-19.

Speaking at Narok County Hospital during an inspection of the facility, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe appealed for intensified surveillance along Kenyan borders, saying there were threats of the virus from the neighbouring countries.

“As you have heard, there is an outbreak of a new variant of Covid-19, and therefore we should be on top of our game,” said Mr Kagwe.

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He said a high level multi-agency approach between the national and county governments was in place to deter cross-border spread of the disease.

The Health CS was accompanied by his counterparts Charles Keter (Energy) and Foreign Affairs’ Raychelle Omamo.

The three CSs inspected the hospital projects, among them the Sh500 million teaching and referral hospital being undertaken by the World Bank under the Kenya Devolution Support Programme.

Ms Omamo said: “I am impressed by the high number of female health workers in this hospital. It is a good sign that the women here have embraced education,” said Omamo.

Mr Keter reiterated that the Energy ministry was still working to connect Narok with the Olkaria power line for reliable electricity supply.

“Currently, Narok gets its electricity form Nakuru. We are in the process of having the electricity sourced directly from Olkaria,” said Keter.

The Cabinet secretaries also inspected the recently completed Sh1.7 billion Narok Sewerage project plant at Limanet holding ground in the town’s outskirts.

They also inspected the Mau Narok-Kisiriri road connecting Narok to neighbouring Nakuru County.

Kagwe challenged the Kenya National Highways Authority to ensure the road was completed by April, as per the contract with the contractor.

The CSs also inspected the new Suswa-Ngong road. 

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