We Were Not Involved In Covid-19 Importation – Governors

KEY POINTS

  • Governors claim that the Ministry of Health did not involve them in the importation of the Covid-19 vaccine and the vaccination procedures.
  • Nyong'o further noted that there should be a meeting of all stakeholders for a proper briefing at the KICC.

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Governors claim that the Ministry of Health did not involve them in the importation of the Covid-19 vaccine and the vaccination procedures.

The governors said the ministry is running a one-man show and has not sought their views ahead of the arrival of the vaccine.

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Council of Governors Health Committee chair Anyang’ Nyong’o revealed that he is yet to secure a meeting with the Ministry of Health to discuss the issues related to the vaccine rollout.

“We have not even met the Minister of Health. We have only talked by email. I have requested that we meet,” Nyong’o said.

“I am waiting to meet the Minister to discuss these issues but for now we don’t have any brief about the information on the vaccine,” he added.

Governor Nyong’o was speaking during the Senate Devolution Committee chaired by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang on Tuesday.

Nyong’o further noted that there should be a meeting of all stakeholders for a proper briefing at the KICC.

On his side, CoG Vice-Chair and Kisii Governor James Ongwae said the ministries should formalize negotiations to ensure all stakeholders are brought on board.

The Council of Governors led by Chairman Martin Wambora are meeting the Senators to discuss the state of devolution and the emerging challenges.

Other county chiefs appearing before the Senate are Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Wilber Otichillo (Vihiga), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Nderitu Muriithi (Laikipia), and Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri).

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The CoG chair, Wambora, said the council will prioritize health workers if the vaccination is rolled out noting that the governors will take the jab when the second batch arrives in the country.

Meru governor Kiraitu however noted that the governors will only take the jab if there is a need to instill confidence in the safety of the vaccine.

Kiraitu challenged Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to take the jab to end a message of confidence in the vaccine.

The governors were responding to the question by the Senate on whether they have been involved in the importation of the vaccine.

Related: Health Ministry Needs Ksh1.4B To Buy Covid-19 Vaccine Freezers

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