Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has called on area residents to strictly comply with the preventative measures designed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Governor who lamented over the way some residents were flouting the measures put in place to fight the pandemic urged the people to respect instructions by health authorities in order to curb the spread of coronavirus in the county.
Mvurya who spoke in his office Monday said the current situation of Covid-19 pandemic is causing great distress not just in Kwale but across Kenya and around the globe.
The Governor said people should not take the contagious disease casually especially with the rise of the second wave of new infections.
He said people should continue wearing facemasks in public, washing hands regularly with soap, social distancing, avoiding shaking hands, hugging, and kissing which he said are necessary measures in combating the life-threatening virus.
The coastal county recorded its first Covid-19 deaths last week after three people succumbed to the highly infectious disease.
Last week the total Covid-19 infections in the region stood at 260 from a sample size of 3,816 that has been tested with 113 other samples awaiting results from KEMRI laboratories in Kilifi County.
“Our priority now is to prevent the further spread of the virus within the population,” said Mvurya adding that everyone has a responsibility in fighting the pandemic.
Mvurya said the Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected the county’s economy and that his administration has put in place adequate response measures among them forming a sensitization and mobilization teams to ensure sensitization and mobilization is done at the village level.
The Governor said that two teachers in every school in Kwale will receive special training on Covid- 19 do’s and don’ts to help their students and the school communities.
He said that adequate measures had been put in place to prevent an outbreak of the virus among the students and teachers some of whom are currently going to school.
The Governor urged parents and teachers to ensure students wear masks, wash their hands, sanitize, and also maintain social distance.
The National Government last week announced an extension of nationwide Covid-19 curfew till January 3, 2021, and banned political rallies for 60 days following a surge in infections.
By Hussein Abdullahi