150 dairy goats have been distributed to the farmers in an effort to improve household nutrition and rebuilding of livelihood of residents a midst the two devastating catastrophes that have greatly compromised livelihoods in the county.
This is part of the county government effort led by the department of Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries to restore livelihoods and combat critical levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in the wake of floods and COVID -19 pandemic.
According to Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, The Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing floods has provoked the displacement of up to 13000 households, destruction of about 8000 acres of rice, 30,000 acres of maize, 16,000 acres of sorgum, 8000 acres of pulse, 2000 acres of cassava, 2500 acres of vegetables and thousands of livestock all with a market value of about 3 billion shillings.
The 150 goats acquired at a cost of Kshs. 5,043,400 will ensure that dairy farmers improve household food and nutrition security, reduce stunting growth among our children under the age of five as well as increase participation of women and the youth in the dairy sub-sector.
The distribution of goats has come as the contribution by the County Government to rebuild livelihood and address food insecurity in the county. The distribution targeted farmers from the 7 sub counties in Kisumu.
The county government has so far put in a robust relief supply strategy that has been ongoing in the various camps in the county to support the vulnerable and the affected residents.
To ensure livelihood sustainability, the county government has further ensured that goats that meet specifications of good health and breeding performance are distributed to the residents.
The County government has put in place strategies to ensure security and accountability in dispensation of medicine and use of non-pharmaceuticals supplies in Kisumu health facilities.
The approach includes; use of gate pass in all public hospitals during distribution of medicines to satellite health facilities that will be verified by the security persons in charge of the gate who will only allow the movement/exit if they see that the officer has been authorized, The transportation of the commodities for distribution will only be done through a lawfully recognized mode of transportation for government stores , Regular audits on usage of health products, Regular supportive supervision to the health facilities to enforce among other things improved management and accountability for medicines and supplies especially in rural health facilities and lastly, the introduction of electronic dispensing and inventory management system in every public health facility.
Good news to Kisumu residents as the Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o flagged off medicine and non pharmaceutical supplies at a total coast of Kshs. 40Million to go to public health facilities, a move that reassured adequate health services in the county.
Governor Nyong’o speaking during the flagging off of tracks carrying commodity supplies at the county headquarters said the provision is part of the 62 million pharmaceutical commodity purchases from KEMSA procured by the county government, adding that the remaining consignment worth Kshs. 22Million shall be delivered by KEMSA in due cause.
The governor gave stern warning to those entrepreneurs who are seeking to divert the consignment for sale, adding that as a government, stringent measures have been put in place to improve medicines security and accountability in the county health facilities.
The Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili in his address urged residents to keep seeking medical care when sick adding that the drugs are available for admission in all health facilities.
The supplies will guarantee a steady health service delivery to the residents Kisumu in the wake of Coronavirus that has influenced health seeking behavior among residents. This follows concerns that people are shying away from seeking health care in the hospital due to the fear of infection.
The consignment contains medical drug and supplies for JOOTRH, and 13 more County and sub county hospitals, spread out across the Kisumu.
Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o this morning received 30 beds donation from the Abysinia Iron and Steel Company limited at the Lumumba Hospital in Kisumu.
The Governor while giving his remarks, thanked the donors for their generous act of offering beds and free oxygen, saying it came at a critical time when the County is making preparations for any eventuality of Covid 19 spread and also a time when an appeal for support towards management of the pandemic through the County Covid 19 Support is being spearheaded by Kisumu County Social and Economic Council (KECOSO.)
He reiterated that Plans are on course to make Lumumba Hospital a 70 bed capacity quarantine Centre, in addition to the 128 at KMTC and 200 at KCRH.
Currently, five bed holding capacity centers have been set up at the county hospitals namely: Ahero, Kombewa, Pap Onditi, Chulaimbo and Muhoroni.
The JOOTRH Intensive care Unit (ICU) is also undergoing expansion by 16 bed capacity from the current 13 beds. It is intended to have a 29 bed capacity at completion although the acquisition of ventilators is a challenge.
“So far we have had 50 tests done in Kisumu, 18 from the isolation centers and 32 from quarantine centers which have turned negative” Governor reported.
He further stated that surveillance has been intensified with screening at the borders not letting anything to chance. The Sunset Hotel has also been set up to accommodate health workers who will be handling emergent cases to reduce exposure to their family members and Victoria Hospital as an isolation center for the health workers.
The Governor also took a swipe at politicians who want to use such critical situation for selfish interests to desist from confusing the public.
The Governor was flunked by his Deputy Dr. Mathew Owili who called on to business community and well-wishers to donate toward cushioning the vulnerable in the community. He also appealed to residents of Kisumu to adhere to the basic hygiene measures of keeping social distance, wearing masks in public places and washing or sanitizing hands regularly.
Also present were: City manager Dr. Doris Ombara, Chief Officer Public Health Mr. Joseph Okweso, Mr. Patel from Abysinia company ltd., Director Public Health Mr. Fred Oluoch, Lumumba Hospital Superintendent Dr. Obiero among other top county officials