The Kenyan senate has today reconvened with 28 members out of the original 67 members in the attempt to ensure social distancing as a critical measure to combating the spread of COVID-19.
The 28 Kenyan senate will have 14 on either side and have been provided with hand sanitizers and face masks to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
The Senate is expected to discuss measures that need to be enacted to help the country combat the fast-spreading coronavirus with 50 positive cases already reported.
Parliament had been criticized for adjourning at a time when the country is faced with a crisis in the coronavirus outbreak.
All the 28 Senators that have reconvened today are below 58 years of age and are free of any immune-suppressing illness.
Coronavirus has been known to be fatal to the elderly and those with diseases that suppress immunity which is why all those senators aged over 56 years and above are not allowed for today’s sitting following President Uhuru’s orders that elderly public servants be allowed to go on leave.
The Senate is also expected to come up with a seven-man ad-hoc committee that will be tasked with the following:
-Monitor to ensure County isolation centers are in place
-purchase extra ventilators
-Working with government to build ICU capacity
Kenya currently has only 518 ICU facilities with about only 50 of those being unoccupied which puts the country in a difficult position if the projections released yesterday by Doctor Amoth in the daily Coronavirus briefs are anything to go by.
According to Doctor Amoth, Kenya is expected to have 5000 positive coronavirus cases by mid-April and 10,000 cases by the end of April and with only 50 available ICU facilities, the question on how the country will maneuver remains nervously open.
The Senate is also expected to take a look at the County Revenue Bill to allow Counties to access the much-needed finances in the County’s to help combat coronavirus.