Oparanya urges government to release COVID-19 relief funds to counties

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is also the COG chair during a past press briefing at the county headquarters. PHOTO: FILE

The council of Governors (CoG) has said that there is a need to Fastrack release of five billion shillings meant for county governments to combat the COVID-19 pandemic especially coastal counties that have been put on partial lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease.

COG said that it is enhancing consultation with the  Ministry of Health CS  and the National Treasury CS, to see that going through.

Speaking during this year’s Madaraka day celebrations at State House, Nairobi, Council’s chair Wycliffe Oparanya said the county governments of  Mombasa,  Mandera,  Kilifi,  Kwale, and Kitui that were ravaged by the pandemic in the first weeks received a total of sh.  2.3  billion not only to boost but help stem the spread of the virus.

Oparanya said that there is a need for counties to receive the funds before the end of this financial year.

Oparanya said that most of the counties have focused immensely on health in a bid to fight this pandemic

“All the  County  Governments have reallocated a  combined total of sh.  6.1 billion to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Furthermore, we have  ensured that other healthcare services in all our facilities are not interrupted .”Oparanya said

He pointed out that the COG is in the final stages in enrollment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC),  and housing.