Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya [photo: twitter council of governors]
Nov, 4th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has convened the 6th summit of the National and county government to discuss the state of the corona virus in the country. The summit which is set to assess the trend of the virus in the festive seasons as well as draft solutions to handle the virus.
Among the key issues presented by council of governors chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya, lack of proper infrastructure was top on the list. Oparanya added that some Counties are yet to achieve the 300-bed capacity. He said, “The increased numbers of infections have strained the health systems in the counties. Currently, a number of counties are running on a full capacity in their isolation wards, ICUs and HDUs.“
On the state of preparedness of the County governments, Oparanya added that the healthcare workers are overwhelmed and barely working. The surge in numbers has also impacted the County in a way that county govenments cannot initiate transfer of patients from one person to another.
He also added that since ease of restrictions, members of the public have continued to disregard Covid-19 protocols especially in places of worship, funerals and weddings. this according to Oparanya has contributed to the escalating numbers of the virus. “The political class has also continued to be the super spreaders of this virus especially during their engagement.“
“Since flattening of the curve, efforts towards case management slowed down due to inaccurate and falsified information recorded by persons moving from one place to another.” Oparanya noted that the insufficient care management and infection prevention control has affected contact tracing which has led to increase in community infections and number of patients in home based care.
Oparanya has urged the President to review containment protocols that were developed so that the nation wide curfew be shifted from 11pm to 9pm starting at 4am for atleast one month or when the curve of infections flattens.
“We cannot talk about economic recovery without addressing the virus. The reality of the rising cases forces us to act because Kenyans are expecting us to act to save lives. there is never a perfect time to act, but it is now,” Oparanya said.
Watch the video below for more information on the gaps tabled by Oparanya: