Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has launched an attack on the government over its slow speed in vaccinating Kenyans against COVID-19.
He said that the vaccination process has been going on at a small pace yet people are dying in Kenya every day due to the virus.
According to Kuria, the government only needs KSh 18 Billion to vaccinate all citizens who are above the age of 18.
The legislator has called on the Ministry of Health and that of finance to set aside the money required for vaccination, and in return a healthy nation will save on the government’s expenditure.
“It is my appeal to the Health CS and the Treasury CS to set aside KSH 18 Billion to be able to vaccinate all Kenyans above the age of 18. That will be a saving and not an expenditure because it will enable us to reopen the economy fully,” said Moses Kuria while addressing journalists.
“In America, over 3 Million people are vaccinated every day. If we do that in Kenya, we only need 8 days to vaccinate all eligible Kenyans through a mass vaccination like that of Polio and other diseases.”
The Jubilee Mp further told the government that Kenyans are no longer interested in the COVID-19 briefings where the Ministry announces new cases, the critical conditions and the deaths.
“I do not think that KSh 18 Billion is too much to ask for to reopen the economy. Not reading the number of deaths and those in the hospital every day, we do not need that rubbish. If we continue like this, in two months the government will not be able to even pay its employees.”
Moses Kuria’s sentiments come at a time when the Ministry of health has managed to vaccinate only frontline workers and essential service providers.
According to data from the World Health Organization, 652,000 doses of COVID-19 have been issued in Kenya.
The vaccination curve experienced a slow curve in March after the AstraZeneca dose landed in the country. But in April, the curve has been steadily rising, with more Kenyans going for vaccination.