The Ambassador handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s), pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies worth Ksh.7.7M (€70,000) to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, the main public hospital that covers the western region, to bolster health care system in the region. The donation is part of the Ksh. 636 million (€5 million) grant under the EU Emergency Response Project launched in June 2020 to support the COVID-19 pandemic response activities in 20 counties. The Kenya Red Cross Society implements this project in close coordination with County authorities.
The equipment will be distributed across health care facilities in the lakeside city in what Kisumu Governor, Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o says is a major boost to the counties’ health response interventions.
At a meeting with the Governor and County executive members, Ambassador Mordue also discussed the implementation of the on-going dairy enterprise development project, funded under the IDEAS programme - the EU’s support to 15 counties through the Ministry of Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). He also discussed the expected long-term positive impact of the Lake Victoria Sanitation and Water project, for which a Financing agreement with AFD and EIB was signed during President Kenyatta’s recent visit in Paris.
In the afternoon, the EU team, together with Red Cross and County representatives, visited the Ogenya Primary School, where over 500 households are camping after their homes, farms and key infrastructure including a school, a hospital and a market center were submerged following heavy rains from late last year and in April this year, and the subsequent Lake Victoria backflow. Homes and farmlands at the Ombaka area of Nyando sub-county, that were more than four kilometers from the lakeshore, remain submerged.
The European Union is very keen in engaging with Kenya on environmental protection and climate resilience. This visit was quite useful as it showed the impact of climate change on the local communities, particularly in the current context where the EU is reflecting on the priorities under the Green Deal Initiative in the new programming period.