BY PETER KOMBE
The county government of Mombasa has received a total of 10 ventilators at a cost of 60 million from a well-wisher in a bid to combat COVID19 pandemic.
Addressing the media in Mombasa on Thursday Mombasa County Governor Ali Hassan Joho said the medical equipment to be installed at the Coast Province General Hospital will assist patients suffering from COVID-19 pandemic.
Joho called on a joint effort from all the stakeholders including the corporate world, county government and the national government.
He asked the corporate world to pool their resources together for the betterment of the contemporary society.
“As a county we have put in place a raft of measures to ensure that our locals remain free from the virus. I want to call on other counties to have their own initiatives so that we a can address this pandemic,” he noted.
The county chief says starting from next week the county will undertake a mass testing exercise.
“We expect that we test over 500 to 600 cases every day even in our streets. This is to ensure that we overcome the spread of this pandemic,” he noted.
Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo revealed that the export processing zones operating within the county have committed to distribute one million masks to the locals.
“These masks will be compulsory once we receive them. People will be required to wear them in all crowded places,”
He urged Kenyans to follow all health guidelines as a measure to combat the spread of corona virus.
Kitiyo issued a stern warning to ‘Mutumba’ dealers saying they risk contacting the virus.
“I want to inform these sellers that we have temporarily stopped the sale of Mutumba. This is because in a day so many people select them,”
On Thursday the government announced a total of 29 confirmed cases of COVID-9 cases making a total of 110 confirmed cases of the virus.
The number is the highest in the last 24 hours according to Health Cabinet Secratry Mutahi Kagwe.
Kagwe said “Out of the 29 new infections, 28 are Kenyans and one Congolese, while females make 15 of the infections, with 13 males.
The new infections Kagwe says range between 16 and 64 years.
The tough talking CS also said Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi has fully recovered after he was taken through three tests to confirm if indeed he had recovered.