Kirinyaga County Government has intensified fumigation exercise across the major markets as a way of protecting residents against coronavirus.
The exercise that is being carried out by the County Public Health Department targets markets, bus stations and shopping centers.
Hesbon Gathuru, Public Health Officer, said the exercise is an important measure to curb the spread of the virus.
He confirmed that the public health team has done fumigation in Kerugoya and Kagio markets and will extend to Wang’uru, Kianyaga, Kagumo, and Kutus before moving to other centers later.
Speaking at Kagio market where he witnessed the fumigation exercise, he urged all traders to adhere to the Ministry of Health protocols and seek the vaccination.
“This exercise is important for the safety of our traders but all the traders here should be disciplined and follow the Ministry of Health protocols like wearing masks,” he said.
“We have fumigated two markets and we thank the county government for the provisions of the equipment. We will do all markets and bus stations within the county,” he added.
John Kiama, Fire Brigade Officer, said his department is providing the trucks to the Ministry of Health to ensure the fumigation process is done as fast as possible.
He said all the county departments are concerned and that is why they are coming together.
Edith Nyawira, a trader thanked the county government for fumigating the market.
“Covid-19 is serious and some people have been taken to quarantine, we thank the government for this exercise to ensure our safety,” she said
Another trader, Jane Kabutha, said all parts of the market should be fumigated because of the movements.
However, Felix Mwangi Njuki, said the county government should notify them of the date of fumigations.
“We should be given notice on when fumigation is done so that we are prepared,” he noted.
By Mutai Kipngetich