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Isiolo County Assembly allocates shs 40M funds to cater for corona outbreak

Members of Isiolo County Assembly have approved Sh. 40 million for the purpose of responding to the Covid-19 viral disease.

The Speaker, Mr. Hussein Roba, said that the money is meant to provide medical equipment such as sanitizers and will also be used to sensitize local residents on coronavirus and pay health officers.

Roba said that some funds will also be allocated to those whose livelihood will be affected by government’s directive to shut down their businesses.

Mr. Roba said that the Assembly appreciates the fact that approximately 14.9 million Kenyans are in the informal sector selling small commodities to earn a living or depending on menial jobs.

He said Chiefs will identify the most affected residents so as to be provided with money to cushion them from the economic shock the entire county is going through.

Wabera Ward representative, Mr. Abdi Duba, said that all other projects by the County Assembly will have to be halted.

Mr. Duba said that funds initially meant for projects have been diverted to cater for the mitigations on the coronavirus disease.

He cautioned residents against spreading false information about the virus and urged leaders to sensitize people at the village level on how the virus is contracted, spread, and how it can be avoided.

Burat Ward Member of the County Assembly, Mr. Yarrow Hassan, said that majority of the people were ignorant about the existence of the coronavirus and urged for more sensitization efforts to enlighten them.

He said that some people are still not heeding the simple directives including keeping social distance and avoiding gatherings.

Mr. Hassan appealed to the National Government to provide more funds to cater for the local people who do not have a source of living at the moment due to the stern measures that were imposed.

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