Covid -19 budget breakdown of KSh1.3 billion spent in the fight against Covid -19 pandemic includes KSh42 million for leasing ambulances, KSh4 million for tea and snacks, and KSh2 million for airtime.
The expenditure is from the KSh1 billion donated by the World Bank for emergency response, including procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), medicines, and setting up of isolation facilities.
Although the approved budget was KSh976.8 million, the Ministry of Health has spent KSh1.3 billion since the outbreak in mid-March, a government document shows.
Currently, the ministry is awaiting the release of additional KSh2.3 billion from the World Bank to support the response for the remainder of this financial year.
The Health Ministry has spent KSh42 million to lease 15 ambulances at KSh2.8 million each. At least KSh10.1 million has been earmarked for tea and snacks for various teams involved in combating the pandemic, with KSh4 million already spent.
And, the government has spent KSh9 million in the printing of travelers’ quarantine and discharge forms against the KSh900,000 initial budget.
Another KSh14.4 million has been spent on fuelling and maintaining vehicles. Some KSh40,000 was spent per week in running each of the 30 vehicles. At the same time, KSh6 million has been earmarked for airtime for 500 critical staff, with the Ministry estimated to provide KSh4,000 for each of the officers per month for three months. Up to KSh2 million has since been spent since the outbreak in mid-March.
The document by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to the National Assembly Health committee, also shows the Ministry spent KSh70 million in communications.
The Ministry had approved a budget of KSh2.5 million for the printing of papers but has since spent KSh6.5 million since the outbreak. The Ministry further spent KSh11.8 million to procure and install call centers for grievances and complaints. It said the installation of the centers was a mandatory safeguard requirement by the World Bank.
The ministry has also earmarked KSh13.5 million to provide accommodation for 30 healthcare workers who require quarantine services for 90 days. A total of KSh2 million has already been spent.
From the same kitty, Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), which is under the Health Ministry, has also spent KSh277.9 million in the procurement of PPEs. The agency had planned to spend KSh132.6 million to purchase the equipment. It has additionally spent Sh197 million to purchase Roche test kits, while another Sh98.8 million has also been spent to procure other testing equipment.
A spending plan of an additional Sh2.3 billion the ministry will receive from the World Bank shows KSh975 million is earmarked for isolation and treatment facilities. Some KSh573 million will be spent on case management, surveillance, and rapid response (Sh190 million), blood safety (KSh154 million), and waste management (KSh148 million). Other expenses are lab reagents and sample collection kits (KSh101 million), Facility PPE (KSh11 million), lab PPE (KSh10 million), lab equipment (KSh65 million), and operations KSh38 million.
On mass testing, the report projects testing of the initial 50,000 individuals in the next two weeks (April 27 to May 3).