Garissa County government on Wednesday extended a warm gesture of the holy month of Ramadhan by donating dates to local institutions.

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In an function that was presided by top county leadership, locals were issued with free dates to supplement their diet even as they observe the Ramadhan fast. 

Some of the instinstitutions thst benefited from the donation include Garissa Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), Garissa military barracks, Garissa University among other local madarasas within the town.

Speaking during the event, Garissa Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane called on the Muslim fraternity to extend the spirit of generousity to the less fortunate.

"This is a call to all of our Muslim faithfuls. The holy month of Ramadhan is here with us and we should learn to share the little we have with our underprivileged brothers and sisters," Dagane said.

Even as Muslims brace on with the month-long Ramadhan fast, dates continue to play a critical role in the diet of Islamic faithfuls.

This has been attributed to the fact Prophet Muhammad broke his fast by eating dates, which is a perfect food after the fast since it has a rich source of roughage anfd fibre, natural sugars, iron and potassium. 

Ramadan fast is observed annually during the ninth month of Islamic calendar.