RELIEF FOR FLOOD VICTIMS AS DISTRIBUTION OF FOODSTUFFS KICKS OFF

Distribution of foodstuffs and WASH commodities to more than 350 households flood victims in KanamKemer and Township wards has been done today.

The exercise is being conducted by the County government and several Partners.

Addressing beneficiaries, Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei said that distribution of the foodstuffs that included Maize, beans and cooking oil was being done to help residents who had lost properties during last week heavy flash floods that were experienced in the County.

He said that the foodstuffs weren’t the normal County relief food cycle but rather a mitigation exercise towards flood victims. He advised people living in lowlands to move to higher grounds to avoid being swept away by water.

While thanking Partners for quick response and support, DCS Loyelei directed ward administrators to take note of all victims affected saying that the first list that was was taken might have left out other people in the first registration exercise that was conducted immediately after last Friday floods.

He assured the affected families that they were engaging the National government on the possibility of restocking livestock that were swept away and others killed by the flash floods.

Each of the 359 households was given on bag of maize of 50Kgs, 10kgs of beans and two litres of cooking oil that is projected to support them awaiting any other humanitarian assistance in the coming days.

The households were also given an Emergency kit that contains a mosquito net, blanket, sufuria, bucket and a tapline net.
An additional 20-litre water container and a bucket were also provided.

Distribution of foodstuffs to victims will continue tomorrow in Kerio and Turkwell wards.

County government water boozer is currently distributing water in Kanamkemer ward apart from Narewa village whose borehole has been operationalized.

UNICEF chief of Lodwar field office Philip Aemun thanked the County government for the rescue coordination that he said was doing well since it started.

Present also were representatives from National Drought Management Authority(NDMA), World Vision, Caritas and Sapcone among other partners.

Turkana MoH to receive drugs supply from KEMSA today

Health facilities in Turkana county will be supplied with essential drugs and medical equipment straight from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) for the next two weeks starting Monday the 1st July 2019

The Turkana County Government has fast tracked this back order as part of all 228 health facilities and 167 community health units essential drugs preparedness efforts to cushion the people of Turkana during the Jult -September 2019 Period.

The medical supplies worth more than 50 million will officially be flagged off by Chief Officer Health, Dr. Roberts Abok accompanied by Director medical supplies Dr. Epem and all the county and sub county pharmacists

At subcounty levels ,Receiving and acceptance committees have been set up to verify the quality of drugs and other essential supplies as per the requirements of the public procurement requirements.

The essential supplies ensures all health facilties have drugs for the next 6 months in place.

E- Surveillance Workshop

E- Surveillance Workshop

The Chief Office officially opened the 2-day workshop on E- Surveillance on behalf of the CEC Agriculture, pastoral economy and Fisheries, for the community disease Reporters (CDRs),Kenya Wildlife Service, meat inspectors, agro veterinary shops and county veterinary officers on 21st and 22nd May 2018 at Kenya forestry research institute(KEFRI)by Feed the Future (FtF) Kenya, Accelerated value chain development (AVCD) and International Livestock Research Institute(ILRI).This comes after a series of trainings for the county veterinary officers, community disease reporters, animals health practitioners and livestock producers.

“Development starts with the community getting to know the diseases  affecting their livestock and be able to seek help in the form of treatment and deworming, being a pilot project, the community disease reporters will share information with the county office, concept of e- surveillance.” Added the National Government directorate of veterinary services, Dr. Oyas Harry.

A total of  240 community disease reporters and 6,117 livestock producers on syndromic disease recognition  and reporting spread across the 7 sub counties.

The system is aimed at improving flow of information between the community disease reporters and the County Government thus enhancing linkages between the County and the National Government, reduced incidences of late reporting of disease outbreaks among others.

A comprehensive feedback on the actual situation at the community level was discussed: issues affecting information gathering process, the use of e- surveillance gadgets.

Speaking on e-Surveillance Dr. Rono , Veterinary doctor based in Loima sub county, explaining the Loima CDR e- Surveillance program said that, “information received from the community disease reporters is then shared with the county Government and response be deployed on time.”