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President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Finance Bill 2018 at State House, Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, February 28, 2020, established the National Emergency Committee on Coronavirus which was tasked with the role of monitoring the risk posed by the fast-spreading virus.
In an executive order seen by kenyagist.com, President Kenyatta appointed Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to head the team tasked to coordinate Kenya’s preparedness, prevention and response to the epidemic.
“Having found it both prudent and necessary to establish a framework to upscale and coordinate Kenya’s preparedness and national response to the Coronavirus threat,” read the statement.
The president also ordered for an immediate revamping of isolation centres in national and county facilities in readiness for any Coronavirus case.
“The national isolation and treatment facility at Mbagathi be completed and ready to receive patients within seven days from the date hereof.
“That the identification and preparation of isolation treatment facilities in Level IV and referral hospitals be completed before March 15,” read the order.
The president also announced the dissolution of the former Coronavirus committee earlier formed under the Ministry of Health.
“The cabinet Ad-hoc committee on health and the inter-ministerial technical on government response to the Coronavirus outbreak are hereby subsumed into the national response committee and thereby dissolved,” read the order.
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