15 West Pokot landslide victims discharged from Kapenguria referral hospital

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Peace ambassador Tegla Lorupe speaking to the press flanked by West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo (right)
Peace ambassador Tegla Lorupe speaking to the press flanked by West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo (right)

Fifteen victims who were affected by landslides that hit Muino, Parua and Nyarkulian in West Pokot County have been discharged from Kapenguria County Referral Hospital.

Two among those who were affected had been discharged earlier and two are still recuperating at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret after being referred there.

West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo said that survivors will go back to their villages and stay with their relatives.

Lonyangapuo pointed out that after the burial of those who perished in the landslides they will move to phase two, which is resettling those who were affected, “Everyone will get 20 iron sheets, 20 bags of cement and a water tank to construct a house.”

Lonyangapuo called on development partners to help with the building material to resettle affected families, and urged residents residing in dangerous zones to migrate to safer places. “The metrological department has warned that we shall still experience heavy rains,” he said.

Patients who were discharged lauded the medical teams for the work they did and the treatment they received.

Peace Ambassador Tegla Lourupe thanked partners who came out to support victims calling on the government to speed up the rehabilitation of roads in the areas to improve accessibility. “People are being carried by others and they can easily drown in the rivers,” she said.

Development partners have continued giving their donations.

The latest donations came from the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency led by the board Chair Asman Kamama. They donated water tanks. aqua guard tablets and sanitary pads towels.

The UNHCR Kakuma in conjunction with Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation led by Bernard Rono, Senior Project Associate UNHCR and Peace Ambassador Tegla Loroupe donated 1,600 blankets, 500 jerrycans, 2,000 mosquito nets, several boxes of soap among other items.