World Bank Pays Electricity Bills for 26 Kenyan Companies

  • Logo at the entrance of World Bank Building in Washington DC, USA.
    Logo at the entrance of World Bank Building in Washington DC, USA.
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  • The World Bank has provided funding for 26 water service companies based in different counties in Kenya as support to settle operations bills including electricity bills.

    The Chairman of the Health Committee of the Council of Governors Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, stated that the money would help the companies remain in operation in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    "Water utilities have continued to accrue operational bills since the first wave of Covid-19 in the country. This has led to a decline in revenue which has affected service delivery.

    "We urge the World Bank to fast-track their support towards the remaining water service providers in order to
    ensure uninterrupted service delivery," The Kisumu governor stated.

    Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o addresses the media at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
    Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o addresses the media at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
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    Kenyans.co.ke

    Prof Nyong'o also took notice of an advisory from the meteorological department over heavy rains that are expected in different parts of the country.

    "In this regard, we urge all members of the public living in flood-prone areas to move to safer grounds. County Governments have already mapped out the vulnerable individuals and they will work closely with other partners in supporting families that have been displaced," he stated.

    The Kisumu county head also addressed reports of misuse of funds meant for Covid-19 preparedness.

    "We urge the media to be patient and allow the Counties to receive the reports from the office of the Auditor General, study them then respond to any audit queries if any. Counties are being condemned unheard and even without being told what they did, that is wrong," he stated.

    In regards to the Covid-19 vaccine, he stated that cumulatively in 32 counties, a total of 489,722 doses had been received out of which 303,163 doses had been distributed.

    He further stated that the counties were close to depleting resources of Covid-19 vaccines they had in store. 

    Prof Nyong'o further revealed that there was a total of 7,346 beds in 390 isolation centers out of which 5,912 beds were available for patients.

    In various county hospitals, there were a total of 390 beds in the ICU out of which 228 beds were available for new patients and there were 156 beds in the HDU out of which 69 beds were available for new patients.

    AN ICU bed at a health facility in Kenya.
    An ICU bed at a health facility in Kenya.
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