The County Department of Health and Sanitation in partnership with SAPCONE has embarked on sensitization and mentorship exercise to empower girls on sanitation and Covid-19 measures.

The project implemented by SAPCONE, a local NGO, has integrated WASH and COVID 19 prevention components that targets 7500 girls in six wards namely; Kanamkemer and Kerio (Turkana Central), Songot and Lopur (Turkana West), Katilu (Turkana South) and Kaaleng/Kaikor (Turkana North). The project launch took place concurrently in Lodwar, Kakuma and Lokichar led by officials from the department of health.

Speaking during the launch in Lodwar, Deputy Director of Health Promotion and Disease Control Daniel Esimit said that the even though the county’s Covid-19 caseloads had remained low, there was need for communities continue playing their individual roles in improving hygiene and Sanitation conditions.

He further added that having community owned champions was an advantage for seeking to improve health seeking behaviour.

Joseph Imuton, the Head of Programs at Sapcone, said the role played by target beneficiaries will be complementing the role of community health workers and volunteers in carrying out daily home visitations and sensitization on Covid-19 and hygiene promotion.

As the chief guest, David Juma who is the Deputy County Commissioner, Turkana Central urged the residents of Turkana County to continue observing Covid-19 containment measures and get vaccinated.

The County Health Promotion Officer, Ruth Areman, called for partners to continue supporting the health department in implementing measures that will address demand for health services.

Present in the launch were National Government administration officers, public health officials, Ward and village administrators from Kanamkemer ward.