THE Government has released Sh3 million for emergency flood mitigation in Nyando district ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the area.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that President Uhuru is set to attend the burial of former KNUT executive secretary general David Okuta in on Saturday.
Speaking yesterday when he visited families affected by the floods in Nyando and Nyakach districts, Nyanza PC Francis Mutie said the Sh3 million released will be used to improve the drainage system in the affected areas.
Mutie said this is part of the government’s commitment to find a lasting solution to the flood menace in the areas. “The government is committed to ensuring the perennial flood problem in these areas is mitigated,” Mutie said.
He said they were working to ensure those whose houses were swet away are compensated. “We have sent a report to the authorities. We are waiting for a response,” he said.
Mutie, who was accompanied by Kisumu county commissioner Lorna Odero and Nyanza provincial public health officer Jackson Kioko, distributed relief food to the affected families. He issued directive to families living in flood prone areas to move to higher grounds.
Meanwhile, flood victims who are on TB or ARV treatment and have lost their medication due to the destruction caused by the floods have been asked to immediately replace the medication.
Medical experts have advised them to report to the nearest medical facilities or community-based health workers to replenish their drug stocks. The experts warn that if they do not continue with their medication, they risk being resistant to the drugs.
Benson Simba, the regional Health officer at the Kenya Red Cross society in western Kenya, said the organisation is working with the Ministry of Public Health and UNICEF to address the situation and other health concerns in the flood affected areas.
“Our team of officers and volunteers are working with other health sector actors to identify and quickly address health risks in the affected areas,” Said Simba
He said there are other health concerns because the flood waters have contaminated water sources and flooded pit latrines. “Floods have swept away latrines and caused contamination in the areas,” Simba said.
He said the floods have affected the road network and have made it difficult to access health facilities districts including Kisumu, Nyando, Nyakach, Rachuonyo and affected sections of Migori County
The latrine coverage efforts by the Ministry of Public health and Sanitation especially in Nyando have been reduced due to raging
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