Busia County has received over 2,000 litres of hand sanitizers to help in the fight against coronavirus.
Speaking to the press in his office on Sunday, Busia County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said that the consignment packaged in 41 jerricans containing 20 litres each and 108 cartons carrying two dozens of 500 milliliter bottles each will be distributed to health institutions, prisons, police stations and vulnerable groups.
“The distribution exercise will be carried out by the County Emergency Response committee in liaison with the national government and county government on Monday,” he said.
Kanyiri added that the county has established screening points at the border and ensuring that records of those passing through the border are kept.
He hailed the local residents for heeding to the government directive to observe the dusk to dawn curfew adding that the trend should continue.
“We do not want locals to engage in confrontations with security officers,’ he said stating that life will continue after the coronavirus scourge.
The County Commissioner further thanked religious leaders for not holding prayers on Sunday, adding that the government means well for its citizens.
“All these directives like hand washing, curfew and maintaining social distance are geared towards keeping coronavirus at bay,” he explained.
Kanyiri also advised those living in flood-prone areas to move to safer grounds before being marooned by flood waters.
He noted that a number of local residents had constructed their houses near riparian land and rivers exposing them to dangers of floods.
“We do not want people to commit suicide in these circumstances, we want them to be safe by moving to higher grounds as we look for ways of assisting them,” he said.
The County boss warned police officers who are allegedly taking advantage of the closure of the border to solicit bribe along the porous border adding that disciplinary action will be taken against them.
“We are in consultation with our Ugandan counterparts and reshuffles have been made of officers who were manning respective areas like Adungosi, Sophia and other non-designated routes,” he said adding that security officers should not take bribes and risk the lives of Kenyans.
By Salome Alwanda