The Covid-19 outbreak has negatively affected almost all sectors of the economy. People have lost jobs while others have had their salaries drastically slashed.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has said residents of his county are struggling financially and suffering from mental illnesses.
Speaking on Monday, 3rd May, the governor noted that so many people in Murang’a had been knocked off balance by the pandemic.
“I live here in Murang’a and I can tell you for sure so many in this county have become mad since the outbreak of Covid-19 last year,” he said.
The county boss urged the national government to prioritise mental health just as it has fought Covid-19.
“Our government should know that its people are suffering. We need funds to address this issue before it becomes an unmanageable menace,” Wa Iria said.
At the same time, the governor said his administration had launched a programme to look for the people mentally affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
He said the county would partner with churches and other stakeholders to arrest the situation before it gets out hand.
“We know our people are silently suffering in their homes. We are going for them and see what we can do.”