NAIROBI, The Kenyan government has doubled its procurement of relief food rations to feed a total of three million drought-hit people, up from an initial of 1.3 million Kenyans under the feeding programme, says State House (Presidential) Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu.

He told a weekly media briefing here Sunday that the government had also enhanced the trucking of across the country, especially in the 23 arid and semi-arid counties which have adversely been affected by the ongoing drought.

“We are tackling the drought situation with all resources available to us, especially under the authority of the National Disaster Response that the President has committed to in terms of how we address the situation,” Esipisu said.

Esipisu added that livestock off-take has also been enhanced in all 23 affected counties. “We are buying the cattle as well as procuring goats and sheep. Since the body conditions of most of them (livestock) is not good, the government is slaughtering and giving (the meat to) locals for consumption, and for them to store in traditional ways as dried-up meat. We are also supplying this meat to schools in those areas,” he said.

He assured that Kenya’s development partners such as Red Cross and United Nations agencies had continued to support the government in targeting specific vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, women and children under the age of five with aid.

“These groups are being provided with fortified foods. Lactating mothers are also getting fortified foods, including vitamins and energy complements,” he said.