By Reuben Olita
The purchase of four modern ambulances by the County Government of Busia will help intensify its efforts in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic which is not off the hook yet, Busia Deputy Governor , H.E Moses Mulomi has revealed.
Addressing mourners during the burial of Mumias West Constituency IEBC coordinator, Cyril Etyang at Amongura in Chakol South Ward, the Deputy Governor said one ambulance procured through Chakol South Ward based projects has already been delivered with three more to be delivered soon.
“Besides other functions aimed at improving service delivery, the ambulances will assist in covid-19 containment measures.
Misconception that the pandemic is nolonger a threat are a figment of peoples’ imagination,” he said.
H.E Mulomi noted that positivity rate of the pandemic has increased in some countries. We shall not look back until it’s wiped in the country once and for all.
He urged county residents who have not gone for covid-19 jab to get the double or single doss, depending on the type of vaccine, emphasizing that the vaccines develop immune by over 70 per cent.
The DG said the dental unit and mortuary at Alupe are complete with the 300-bed capacity Alupe Hospital ready to offer Covid-19 and other oupatient and inpatient services.
“Ksh100m has been set aside to improve road infrastructure within Alupe complex which includes the University, KEMRI and the hospital; construction of Amukura health hospital is ongoing aimed at elevating it to sub county hospital status.
Mulomi regretted that about 2000 people in Teso South who were registered to receive free NHIF cover have not showed up, urging them to do so.
The Deputy Governor, First Lady Judy Ojaamong and chairman of the Council of Iteso Cultural Union, Paul Sande Emolot appealed to IEBC to consider employing the deceased widow, Esther Alukudo, 27, to enable her bring up their three children.
Emolot who is also the Deputy Iteso Cultural leader (Emormor) thanked the Deputy Governor for standing with the Governor, H.E Sospeter Ojaamong, adding that the kind gesture should not be taken for granted.
He eulogized the late Etyang as a person who loved the word of God by putting the church as top priority, had passion for culture as well as being an astute businessman with interest in sugarcane farming, transport and ICT.