All visitors to Isiolo County will have to register their identity and contacts at the designated entry points in a strict step to combat Coronavirus.
Although the County has not registered any positive case so far, the area emergency response committee has taken the precautionary measure after the neighbouring County of Laikipia reported two cases.
The committee meeting co-chaired by area governor, Dr. Mohamed Kuti and the County Commissioner (CC), Herman Shambi said the residents should be wary of the visitors who were advised to quarantine themselves as area people were called upon to tip chiefs in case of any vital information.
“All passengers must give their identities and telephone numbers accurately besides undergoing the health tests which include use of thermo-gun at the designated entry points to the county,” Dr. Kuti said.
He called upon the officers charged with the scrutiny of the visitors to ensure the public service, commercial and personal vehicle occupants give their details without exception as from Friday, April 17, 2020.
“We are taking the precaution on top of closing routes to Mandera County through Modogashe and Makagalla towns because some six cases were reported there and a number of about 30 people have escaped from quarantine to unknown areas,” the governor added.
At the same time, Shambi said the government will assess the situation at ‘Escort’ livestock market near the Isiolo-Garissa counties boundary, warning it risked closure if the traders failed to implement the laid down health measures like hand washing and maintaining social distancing.
Shambi said he would keep in touch with his Garissa counterpart to ensure that the market, which was commonly utilized by traders from both counties, observed the government advisories following the global pandemic.
He called upon the chiefs and the Nyumba Kumi elders to enhance surveillance in support of the government in curbing spread of the infectious disease in their areas.
By David Nduro