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Mandera’s Covid-19 mitigation efforts boosted by EU-IGAD donation

By Moses Ochengo

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Mandera County has received a donation of Covid-19 PPEs from The International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help towards combating the virus.

The donations were funded by the European Union (EU) through partnership with Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Waso Resource Development Agency (WARDA).

Mandera County Department of Health Secretary, Abdinur Maalim presided over the handing over ceremony at the Mandera Referral Hospital, and expressed gratitude to the EU and the regional trading block IGAD for the aid. The supplies includes three 3-ply surgical masks, examination gloves, coverall gown, N-95 masks, and hand sanitisers among others.

Maalim also said that the provisions will go a long way in helping the Mandera offer adequate mitigation and response to the pandemic. He also said that the County appreciates the support from WARDA’s implementation projects. The health sector in Mandera County, like most other devolved functions has been encumbered by shortage of Covid-19 PPEs in its fight against the Corona Virus.

The Health Secretary further appealed to other humanitarian well-wishers to chip in with donations and medical support that would enable the County provide access to healthcare to the residents, as well as Covid-19 mitigation.

Mandera county will also see the establishment of a modern Molecular Lab, through the same EU-IGAD funding partnership. Speaking during the same handing over, The Mandera County Chief Officer, Rahma Abdullahi applauded the donation and noted that it will boost provision of healthcare services to the locals.

 “The Mandera County molecular lab has been helpful with tests of covid-19 and other viruses conducted in Mandera. Previously, patients are forced to wait for days for their samples to be sent to Nairobi for test.” Rahma noted.

Mandera County has not had a local Covid-19 testing lab, forcing the samples to be airlifted to Nairobi for screening in the national laboratory, something the local officials have lamented as costly and time wasting.

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