Mandera County Government has partnered with the Kenya Red Cross society to provide ambulance services to the residents of the border town in a one year deal starting June this year.
Governor Ali Roba flagged off the 6 ambulances that have complete emergency supplies, qualified paramedics and one of them has a mini-ICU capability. They are also fitted with radio calls to enable easy communication with the crew.
Mandera becomes the second County in North Eastern to lease the Red Cross ambulances after Garissa County did so in March this year.
Governor Roba said that Mandera has a high mortality rate due to the fact that only 30% of the population in that County lives within a 5KM range of a health facility. Therefore the ambulances will go a long way in helping reduce the alarming statistics.
“The ambulances will be located strategically across the county to provide swift referral and care in transit” added Roba.
Meanwhile, the Governor also flagged off two fire engines and five land cruisers meant for beefing up security in the County.
He also flagged off trucks full of assorted foods items meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) following the recent tribal clashes between the Degodia and Garre sub – clans.