“The county government will soon kick start mass testing of people in major town’s and market center’s slum areas to ascertain their level of preparedness in dealing with the deadly global pandemic coronovirus,” he said.

Bungoma county government has revealed that it will soon start mass testing of COVID-19 to its populace.

The county’s deputy governor Prof.Charles Ngome said that the mass testing will target slum areas and border points.
Addressing the press at Kanduyi Red Cross Hall on May 29, Ngome pointed out that majority people in slum areas and border points are at a high risk of contracting and spreading Coronavirus.
“The county government will soon kick start mass testing of people in major town’s and market center’s slum areas to ascertain their level of preparedness in dealing with the deadly global pandemic coronovirus,” he said.

Prof.Ngome was speaking this while distributing foodstuffs to people living in slums and those affected with Covid-19 and floods.
6,000 families will benefit from Bungoma County’s food distribution exercise that targets those ravaged by Coronavirus and the raging floods.

He observed that 100 people will benefit from the food aid in every ward out of 45 wards in the county.

“These food that we have flagged today had been given out to deserving cases by the county government, we will ensure that all the nine constituences benefit from it up to September to cushion our people from pangs of hunger,” said the DG.
He regretted that the curfew mostly targets only the poor people and the rich ones are left out.
“To totally wipe out Coronovirus we must take the similar approach, let the rich and the poor be handled the same, we have seen incedences where people with vehicles are left Scot free by police offocers while those on motorbikes, bicycles and walking on foot are arrested, the law should cut across and not discriminating,” said Ngome.

He pointed out that Coronavirus and endangered economic crisis, has led people to lack money hence increasing poverty level.
He stated that the county government is committed in ensuring that it takes care of the affected people.
The county chamber of commerce and industry said that they will work hand in hand with the county government and other organizations in ensuring that they help as many people who have been affected by Corona and floods.
The chamber’s chairman John Wafula said that they have so far reached over 2,100 households with food and other basic needs.
“We thank business people, red Cross and our teachers, we are also  appealing to other people and other organizations to help  us so that we can help our people,” said Wafula.

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