North Rift Economic Block chair Governor Jackson Mandago EGH has announced the closure of all mortuaries and instructed that burial ceremonies be conducted within 24 hours.
Further advised that burials should be attended by not more than fifty (50) people.
These directives were given, on Wednesday, at The Moi Referral Teaching Hospital when Mandago held a meeting with all NOREB Governors and County Executives for Health to assess the region’s preparedness for the global epidemic.
We have also recalled all North Rift doctors on study leave in order to increase our technical capacity. But as we do this we request for a procurement act review at this time so that we are allowed to procure medical requirement from the private sector as opposed to the current situation where we can only buy from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency”, Mandago added
His West Pokot counterpart Governor John Lonyangapuo urged Kenyans to be responsible and desist from spreading rumours and misinformation about Corona Virus.
During this meeting, it was also announced that isolation units have been set up across the region with a total capacity of 290 beds.
One hundred and twenty (120) of which are in Uasin Gishu County.
The NOREB leadership has also agreed to close all open-air markets in the region.
Mandago who was accompanied by Stephen Sang (Nandi), Prof John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia), Stanly Kiptis (Baringo) and Deputy governors from Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Samburu counties also asked the Government to consider allowing devolved units to do direct procurement of essential drugs during this period.
MTRH CEO Dr Wilson Aruasa on his part expressed the need for the measures put in place to be strictly followed noting that as much as they might be stringent, they will help in containing the spread of the virus.