Efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Uasin Gishu has received a major boost after the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) donated 24 medical beds to the county.
The beds locally made by the RVTTI students will be used in isolation centres across the county that are housing Covid-19 students.
Speaking while receiving the donation at the county headquarters in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago EGH expressed the need for Technical Training Institutions to be supported so that they can manufacture much more equipment that are currently imported.
“If we can grow this sector, we shall be saving this country a lot of foreign exchange. It is time we begin manufacturing and supporting the
use of what is locally manufactured,” noted Mandago.
He also challenged locals to take seriously preventive measures that the Ministry of Health has put in place in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
Mandago further said that for the economy to be re-opened, Kenyans must demonstrate their willingness to adhere to the preventive measures.
“The only way the national government and counties can reopen the
economy is if we follow the measures that have been put in place. Don’t wear a mask because you have seen a police officer. Take personal precaution and measures that we have been given,” he said.
The county boss further revealed that at least 23 positive Coronavirus cases in the county have been discharged after testing negative.
“Covid-19 is not necessarily a death sentence and those who have tested positive should not be mob-lynched because the virus was not
manufactured in the country. Infected Kenyans should be treated with decency,” Mandago said.
On his part, the Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdirisak Jaldesa asked locals not oppose plans to use some of the local health facilities as isolation centres for the positive cases.
“We should understand that those health facilities belong to the government and we should not politicize the issue of some being used as isolation centres,” Jaldesa noted.
RVTTI Principal Dr Edwin Tarno also noted that they are ready and willing to continue supporting the government in the ongoing fight against the pandemic.
“We have been producing sanitizers and as an institution, we are ready to work together with the county for any assistance that will be
required. We know medical beds are expensive and we are ready to fabricate more should need to arise,” Tarno said.
County Executive Member for Health Mrs. Everlyne Rotich and her Roads counterpart Eng. Gideon Birir flagged the Gorvenor during the event.