Mombasa, Kwale, and Kilifi to receive sh. 360 million to fight COVID-19

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. He says that he will not allow any political gathering to be held in Mombasa and has asked police to arrest leaders found holding them./COURTESY

Coastal counties are among the 38 counties set to benefit from 4.6 billion shillings from World bank to help these counties upscale health care at the county level.

In a media briefing in Nairobi, Planning, and devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa said that the funds will help in leveraging level two hospitals in the counties.

Mombasa will receive shs156,635,628 ,Kilifi shs 102,491,953 while Kwale shs 102,491,953.

Wamalwa said that 47 counties have already received 1.46 billion for level one hospital leverage.

“Level one hospital, sh. 1.46 billion has been released equally among the 47 counties with each getting sh. 30 million.”Wamalwa said.

“Level 2 sh. 4.6 billion is being released and will be shared among 38 counties,” Wamalwa said.

On the other hand, Council of governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya urged his counterparts at the county level to utilize the funds diligently in bid to upscale the provision of healthcare amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

“I urge Treasury to release funds which are outstanding to counties amounting to 30 billion shillings, due to counties. This money is for the month of June, which has not been released.”Oparanya said.

“Sh 28 billion for the 46 counties, and 2 billion for Nairobi county I request that money be released before IFMIS  is closed because already counties have made commitments and unless those commitments are paid for we shall have a lot of pending bills, by the end of this yr  “Oparanya added

He also urged for consideration of the increase of COVID monies to counties at the border points including, Kwale and Busia due to the surging of cases at the border.

He added that  Kiambu and Machakos ought to be captured in the program due to its proximity to Nairobi county which is severely affected by COVID-19.