County department of Agriculture in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) yesterday issued small holder traders and farmers with the second consignment of assorted Personal Protective Equipment to boost the fight against corona virus pandemic
The consignment comprises of 5 thermo guns, 10 hand washing peddles, 100 packets of surgical Masks, 20 number 500ml liquid soap, 5 jerricans of 5 litres of liquid soap and 31 industrial gloves.
This initiative is in line with the county’s Covid 19 response plan that could not have come at a better time than now when the Ag. Director General for Health Dr. Patrick Amoth recently announced the anticipated spike of the Covid -19 fourth wave come July, 2021.
It seeks to strengthen trade and food systems value chain actors, enhancing their capacity to address corona virus disease challenges as they deal with large customer base; putting their lives at a higher risk.
The beneficiaries were: poultry traders, Jubilee fish processors, cereals value chain groups, Kibuye waste management group, Nubian poshomill, indigenous vegetable producers, Destiny Shapers youth group, Nanga Catholic Church and Joyland primary school among others
While presiding over the distribution of the PPEs, the Chief Officer for Agriculture and Irrigation, Dr. Paul Omanga underscored the cordial working relations the County has had with FAO based on mutual trust. He recalled on their unwavering support last year when the county was hit by twin disasters of floods and Covid -19 pandemic.
He reiterated the importance of adherence to MoH protocols on corona virus including proper wearing of face, masks, regular washing of hands and maintaining social distance with their customers whenever they offer services.
“Lately, research reveals that Covid -19 is not only transmitted through contact but is also also airborne, so you must follow the laid down health protocols to keep safe.” Said Dr. Omanga
The County Director Livestock Mr. Charles Kakuku on his part commended FAO for the good work and support they have given to the community
He called on the recipients of the PPEs to be vigilant in the fight against Covid- 19 so as not to lose economic gains they have made in the county.
“Be ambassadors and sensitize those you interact with in business to take personal responsibility in following the laid down Covid 19 protocols. Treat everyone next to you as a victim until proven otherwise.” Said Mr. Kakuku
Mr. Simon Meso the secretary of Kibuye waste management group, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the County and FAO for taking care of their plight saying, “We feel happy and honored to receive the donations. This will go a long way in protecting us as we discharge our duties.”
The event was graced by Officers from the department of Agriculture: Madam Rose Achieng, Mr. Erick Ogadho, Mr. Brian Bodo, and Madam Catherine.
By: Emily Mikwa