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Fight against spread of coronavirus

Residents in Kisii have been urged to be more vigilant in the fight against the spread of coronavirus even as the numbers in the country continue to rise tremendously.
A cross section of the Ministry of Interior officials in the county appealed to the residents not to relent in adhering to the health protocols meant to control the global pandemic that has infected over 1600 people and killed more than 55 in the country.
Nyamache DCC Henry Katana, Gucha Sub county DCC Rebecca Muturi, Sameta’s Mary Kamau and Kututu central counterpart Elizabeth Atemi noted the need for continued public sensitization on the need to desist from reverting to their old ways of life hence risking corona virus infection.
They called for observance of general hygiene like washing of hands, sanitizing and coughing or sneezing responsibly as some of the measure to control the spread.
Speaking separately after reading the presidential speech on the sh. 53 billion stimulant programme yesterday, they reiterated the need for proper wearing of face masks and playing proactive role in reporting any visitors who have travelled from the hot spot counties under shutdown or the outside the country as a proactive role in controlling the spread.
DCC Katana applauded the residents for cooperating with the Covid-19 surveillance team saying it was reason the first Covid-19 case in the county was put in isolation fast enough before the 23 contacts were quarantined although they all turned negative after 14 days.
Assuring the residents of good services in the area medical facilities, the leaders also urged residents to seek medication in the health facilities whenever they were feeling ill.
Kamau lauding support for police by various entities but appealed for more protective gear for the security personnel saying they are front line workers when it comes to forceful quarantine and arresting of those breaking regulations for the disease.
She cited various challenges including duration of holding suspects before they are presented in court because don’t hold proceedings daily, effects of flooding and dilapidated roads.
Muturi noted that the vulnerable groups targeted in the stimulus programme had started receiving their financial support to cushion them from adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gucha Sub county medical Director of health David Okireri said so far 44 persons were put on self-quarantine after coming from the hotspot regions of the country and 38 of them had been discharged after testing negative for the disease.
“I appeal to the public not to keep the sick at home because measures were put in place to curb spread in health facilities,” he said.

By Jane Naitore/Clinton Nyamumbo

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