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Former Lamu governor demands an account of Covid funds


Former Lamu Governor Issa Timamy has demanded for an account of millions of money set aside to battle the Covid-19 virus in Lamu County.

Timamy said when the pandemic struck Lamu, the County assembly quickly moved to ensure a total of 157 million shillings was set aside to contain the spread of the virus.

The former Lamu County Chief however, said there are no tangible programs conducted by Lamu county government in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

He demanded an open and detailed account of every coin set aside and meant to battle the virus in Lamu County.

“The county government ought to have launched oxygen plants in Mpeketoni, King Fahad, Faza and Witu hospitals, however, nothing has been done so far,” said Mr Timamy.

The politician further termed it a shame for Covid-19 and other patients to travel long distances to seek medical attention from already poorly managed health centres and hospitals.

“A patient in Witu will be forced to travel to Mpeketoni for medical attention while that of Faza Island will be forced to travel to King Fahad hospital to seek treatment,” added Timamy.

The Lamu gubernatorial hopeful in the August, 9th, 2022 general polls said Lamu MCA’s allocated the funds however, its appropriation remains questionable.

Timamy also urged the county government to prioritise the welfare of health workers in the county.

He said the medics are endangering their lives and that they should be taken care of by the county government.

“The 10 people who succumbed to Covid-19 at Mpeketoni were as a result of laxity from the county government. You cannot take a Covid-19 patient to a poorly equipped health facility,” reiterated the former Lamu county Chief.

Meanwhile, Timamy has appealed to Lamu dwellers to full adhere to all health protocols so as to tame further spread of Covid-19 in the County.