KNA Young people in Homa Bay County have been cautioned against defying Covid-19 regulations set by the Ministry of Health as part of containment measures against the virus.
According to Homa Bay County Senator Moses Otieno Kajwang’, young people in the county are of the belief that they are indomitable and cannot contract coronavirus which is a setback during this time of the pandemic.
During a visit to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital to assess the current Covid-19 situation and the hospital’s preparedness towards the anticipated fourth wave Monday, Kajwang’ warned that the Delta variant is highly dangerous, adding that many youths and children have succumbed to it.
In a dialogue with health officials and the press, the senator said that the county is facing one of the greatest crisis bigger than HIV, adding that Covid-19 fourth wave is expected soon.
Kajwang’ lauded the County Referral Hospital for its preparedness. However, he advised that the health facility needed to have its own oxygen processing plant to avoid future shortage of the precious gas as witnessed in the past few weeks.
The senator further revealed that this year Homa Bay County has been allocated extra Sh1 billion by the Senate.
Kajwang’ warned the County Assembly to refrain from imposing burdening taxes on people, but instead focus on waving unnecessary taxes.
0n his part, Homa Bay County Referral Hospital Chief Executive Officer Peter Ogola expressed fears that spiking infections are straining the health system and the process of improving resources is still very slow.
Ogola lauded the government for deploying more medical staff as well as installing a 3500-liter liquid oxygen tank in the health facility.
On the other hand, the chairperson for health workers Homa Bay County, Omondi Ogunga asked for resolution of human resource issues that are interrupting the health system.
Omondi pleaded with the government to settle health workers’ salary issues to avoid planned salary protest adding that this would interrupt service delivery.
The senator reiterated that coronavirus is real and if people get a chance to get the vaccine they should not hesitate.