Health and Sanitation Chief Officer Mary Kipchumba has urged the residents of Elgeyo Marakwet to get vaccinated against Covid 19 as the fight towards the pandemic intensifies.
Kipchumba said the vaccines have shown to be effective at preventing severe illnesses from COVID-19.
Speaking at Muno Primary School in Kamariny Ward during the handing over of a four-door pit latrine constructed by Netherlands Development Organization(SNV) a non- profit making organization in collaboration with Elgeyo Marakwet Civil Society Organization,the Chief officer implored on the teachers to encourage their neighbours and friends to get the jab.
“I am impressed by the teachers here who have all received their doses, however we still have more people out there who are yet to get the vaccines that are offered in our facilities, let’s encourage those who have not received to do so”she said.
Currently , close to 20,000 people have received their first doses of the vaccine whereas 6,000 have received the second dose in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
SNV project officer Joan Chemeitoi said the ‘Wash first’ program will be also be constructing a 5,000 lts capacity water tank in Muno Primary school and in two other schools in the county; Chugor and Walbei Primary schools .
She said the program is aimed at curbing the spread of Covid 19 by encouraging people to regularly wash their hands using soap.
Civil Society Network coordinator Ken Kimaiyo said members of the civil society are working closely with health officials and other partners in helping curb the spread of the virus.
Other officials present during the event included Director Medical Services Dr.Patrick Kosgei, Asst.Director of Education Alfred Cheruiyot, Francisca Maimba from the Education Department, Robisher Bulimo County Public health officer among other officials.