I join fellow Christians in Turkana County and the rest of Kenya to celebrate Easter and send greetings to all during this joyful holiday.
As we remember the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over death, let us take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice He gave for the salvation of mankind.
May this Holy week serve as an inspiration for all of us facing tribulations that in the end hope and love triumphs even over death.
May the life and service of Christ on earth serve as an example to all of us, for those in positions of authority and even for all who are privileged, to serve, comfort to love and offer hope to those less privileged in our midst and our neighbours.
Our County is currently faced with a severe drought and majority of residents are in different levels of food stress.
My administration has in the last two weeks been engaged in procuring of relief food consignment for the second phase of relief food distribution, most of which has been received at our Lodwar stores.
This phase of relief food distribution which targets next three months as planned, will be rolled out on Saturday April 20th. Dispatch for Turkana West sub-county, which has been the most affected region will begin today Friday April 19th.
This April cycle of relief distribution is expected to go on for the next three weeks and as announced before, benefit a total of 609,167 residents- 243,667 who are in need of immediate food relief and 365,000 whose food security is deteriorating.
We have also approved procurement of fortified porridge for children under five, and breastfeeding mothers as a solution to rising malnutrition rates revealed through a mass nutrition survey by the County Department of Health.
Other forms of response including water trucking to remote areas of the county, provision of water tanks, repairs and maintenance of broken water systems and boreholes will continue to ensure residents have clean water for domestic use and for livestock.
The County Department of Health as part of drought response has increased nutritional support to the elderly, increased the number of Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) for better accessibility and accelerated Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) as well as community health services.
The Department will continue monitoring the situation and advise on best interventions to ensure the situation is well managed.
Mass treatment of camels against Haemorrhagic Septicaemia has so far treated 17332 camels of the 114487 targeted by end of June.
The countywide aerial tree locust spray which begun last month to end the infestation will be concluded this week, having achieved the targeted 837.37km squares of land.
With the dry season expected to continue due to failure of the March-April rains, the County Government will procure 4200 bags of livestock feeds for lactating and emaciated stock to prevent livestock deaths.
I wish to assure all residents of Turkana that the County Government is committed to ensure that the section of our population experiencing food stress will receive relief food relief and benefit from the drought emergency response for the next three months and until the end of the severe drought period.
I wish all Christian brothers and sisters celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a blessed Good Friday and a Happy Easter.
Josphat Nanok EGH
Governor, Turkana County