DP William Ruto has challenged Kenyans not to underestimate the “deadly and destructive” effects of the COVID-19 virus and underscored the need to comply with the government’s directives to tame the spread of the pandemic.
Addressing the Nation from his Karen residence Thursday, the DP assured Kenyans that the government had put in place necessary measures to fight the effects of the pandemic that has so far infected 179 people in the country.
“The government is working with KEMSA to stock-pile medical supplies necessary for the management of COVID-19 cases. Also, the public service commission is undertaking recruitment of additional health personnel including 1000 doctors, Ruto said.
He added that the government has scaled up oxygen supplies for all 94 hospitals that have been identified for use of patients who may need supplementary oxygen.
He further assured health workers that the government is working to provide them with the necessary gear to protect them as they attend to patients with the coronavirus symptoms.
“To ensure that our health workers perform their duties without them being compromised, personal protective gear is being made available and in adequate quantities, to ensure sustained supply of these, local manufacturing has been identified,” DP Ruto said.
Ruto further challenged farmers to take advantage of the period while staying at home to plant food crops as the rainy season continues to ensure that the country has enough food.
“Farmers should come out strongly and take advantage of the good rains that we are experiencing and grow as much food as possible.”