Kenya Among Countries Listed For COVID-19 Global Emergency Funds

Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe

In the East African Region, Kenya is leading in the numbers of COVID-19infections followed by Rwanda. The Ministry of Health has reported that 229 Kenyans have contracted the virus and the numbers are expected to rise in the coming days. The government has channelled most of its resources in combating COVID-19 and has also established a coronavirus emergency fund for the crisis.

But all thus efforts by the government still need backup from financially stable organizations in the globe. The United Nation has created a list of countries that should benefit from a COVID-19 emergency fund and Kenya was among them. Kenya will get a boost from the  Sh211.8 trillion ($2 trillion) global emergency fund.

Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Timor-Leste as well as countries in Central America and the Pacific region are among those listed.

“To leave the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries to their fate would be both cruel and unwise. This funding remains critical to address pre-COVID-19 needs caused by conflicts and disasters, while also contributing significantly to affected people and essential services capacity to cope with the pandemic,” the agency said,” said UN relief chief Mark Lowcock.

The fund will be channelled towards COVID-19 containment efforts, public health support, clean water and sanitation provision as cushioning households from indirect impacts like food scarcity, unemployment, new education platforms, migration and hostilities.

According to Lowcock, the list could be expanded to include more poor countries as the deadly virus continues to spread. Globally over 2 Million people have contracted the virus with other 128,000 reported having died from the virus.

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