MP launches a Ksh. 5 million Initiative to fight COVID-19 in Thika and Kiambu County

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina has launched a sh. 5 million initiative to fight COVID-19 pandemic within Thika and its environs.
Through his Jungle Foundation, the MP has released an ambulance that will be used to respond to emergencies if need be. The ambulance is fully furnished with emergency medication, a medic and staff to respond to any case that may arise.
Other than the ambulance, Wainaina also donated 200 water tanks and liquid soap to be distributed across all bodaboda stands, tuktuk collection points, police stations, bus stops, markets and busy shopping centres across the constituency.
"I have also released an awareness vehicle that will go round the whole of Kiambu County, sensitising people about this deadly disease. We are also looking at ways of how we can reach the most vulnerable in the society especially the street families who if not checked, might prove to be our weakest link to this COVID-19 menace," he explained.
Wainaina noted that he could only contribute a certain percentage of the fight against coronavirus thus called on other leaders to also play their part in eradicating the virus.
"Everyone has a role to play in this fight. It should also be noted that the epidemic has exposed the gaps in some of our leadership especially in terms of how we have invested in our health sector. This is time for a leadership paradigm shift where those in leadership positions started equipping our hospitals to internationally accepted levels," he added.
The legislator appealed to the national government to consider setting aside Ksh. 100 billion to cushion approximately 10 million Kenyans who live on hand-to-mouth for about 3 months just in case the government directed for a total lockdown.
"A total shutdown is inevitable now if we have to control further spread of this disease and that can only be possible is the poor amongst us are provided with some retainer to force them stay at home.
This can be done in form of money sent through their phones via M-PESA," explained Wainaina.
He also pleaded with the government to give a temporarily waiver of all statutory deductions made on all employees so as to cushion them from the effects of the coronavirus scourge.



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