County frontline health workers have been hailed as heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic period.
During today’s Mashujaa Day celebrations Governor Josphat Nanok lauded healthcare workers as heroes for their efforts in different aspects of the emergency response.
“Healthcare workers who in the last seven months have been engaged in emergency response against Covid-19 pandemic are our heroes of this season. As you are aware, as the rest of the world was being encouraged to work from home, they did not have the luxury and options but to put their lives and that of the health of their families at risk to take care of us,” he said.
The Governor singled out for praise different units in the response including Isolation Facilities Workforce; the Rapid Response Teams, medical supplies department, Screening Officers, Surveillance officers as well as the County and Sub County Emergency Response Committees. He also recognised security and enforcement teams who have worked to enforce regulations to contain the virus.
While wishing a quick recovery to health workers who had contacted the virus, the Governor warned of rising infection caused by failure to adhere to safety measures against coronavirus such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance.
He revealed that the Lodwar County Referral Hospital(LCRH) was missing health workers who had been infected and the facility had limited in patient services while fumigation was being carried out yesterday. He assured the public that the facility will be opened soon with recruitment of more health workers about to be concluded.
The Governor who chairs the Turkana County leadership forum said it was a platform to discuss issues affecting all residents of Turkana, topics he said the leaders had agreed to address together in unity.
He said the summit would soon meet to discuss projects chosen by Members of Parliament to be implemented through KeNHA’s Sh2.8 billion CSR programme.
On employment of casual workers the Governor insisted that the process was structured meant to keep a manageable workforce and will be determined by availability of funds. He assured that those vetted and found with desirable skills will be recruited.
Governor Nanok blamed the National Treasury for failure to disburse equalisation fund meant to finance a number of water projects including in Kawalase and Kalokol. He urged the County Commissioner and MPs to push for disbursement of the funds to allow completion of the projects.
On BBI, Governor Nanok has said impeding debate of a change to the constitution should be inclusive of all Kenyans and their views. He cautioned against a divisive process insisting that issues being addressed will affect all Kenyans.
He promised not to take a stand on the BBI report before release of the report and views of Turkana residents heard, a stand he said was a stand of all elected leaders.
The County boss reiterated his committment to work with the National Government on development programmes and cautioned Government officials pushing for exclusion of the County Government in implementation of National projects.
He repeated calls for a stakeholders meeting on oil to be convened by CS for Petroleum and Mining John Munyes, to address public concern on oil operations in South Lokichar Basin.
The Governor said he was yet to retire from politics and assured residents of the Turkana that he will be involved in the politics of the County in different capacity and continue to champion for issues of its residents.
County Commissioner Wambua Muthama awarded Head of State Commendation to Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chairlady Jennifer Tioko, Chairman of the Turkana Council of Elders Charles Lorogoi and Chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (Turkana Chapter), Pius Ewoton who will receive his medal in a different venue.
Speaker of County Assembly Ekitela Lokaale said the house will make laws in tandem with problems facing residents of Turkana and ensure support to the executive in the development agenda.
Governor Nanok was accompanied by County First Lady Margaret Nanok.
Leaders who addressed the event included Senator Malachy Ekal, MPs John Lodepe (Turkana Central) and Jeremiah Lomurkai (Loima); MCAs James Ikeny (Kanamkemer), Raphael Loperito (Lokichar), Ebenyo Naur (Kotaruk/Lobei), and Robert Lowoko (Lodwar Township) and Dorcas Epusiye (Nominated and Leader of Women Caucus).