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Man rides across 18 counties to create Covid-19 awareness

Kenyans have been urged to continue adhering strictly to Covid-19 regulations in order to curb spread of the killer pandemic.

According to Fredrick Ochieng’ a 25-year-old ‘Anti-Corona Ambassador’ from Marsabit County, many Kenyans have thrown caution to the wind when it comes to protecting themselves from the viral infection.

Ochieng’ noted that people hardly wear masks in crowded places or maintain social distance, saying this has contributed to the continued spread of the virus and resulted in deaths.

The father of two, who has embarked on a mission to spread awareness on the virus while cycling through 25 counties, said Kenya was currently experiencing a ‘third wave’ and if precautions are not taken immediately then there may be dire consequences.

“The number of positive cases keeps rising each day, with several succumbing to the disease. Despite these worrying trend and statistics, Kenyans seem not to care and openly disregard Ministry of Health guidelines in keeping the disease at bay,” he said.

Ochieng’, started cycling, his bike which he has branded with Covid-19 awareness messages from Tana River County on May 4, 2021.

He has so far visited Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Kitui, Machakos and Kajiado Counties.

Speaking in Kajiado, Thursday, Ochieng’ said he still has to visit Narok, Bomet, Nyamira, Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay, Vihiga, Kakamega, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet West Pokot and Turkana.

He noted that despite his bicycle breaking down severally during the long journey and his tyres getting worn out, he hoped to reach Turkana by July 16, when he will end his campaign.

Ochieng’ said apart from fatigue, one of the challenges he encounters on the road is harsh weather and wild animals crossing in some roads which put his life at risk.

“I met a lot of elephants on my way from Mombasa along Tsavo and this slowed me down a bit as I have to wait for them to cross before I continue cycling. Being rained on in the middle of nowhere is also a frequent encounter,” he said.

Another challenge he said was lack of funds but added that Kenyans he meets on his way have been generous and offer him accommodation.

“Lack of funds to cater for my upkeep and accommodation along the way has also been a challenge but I thank Kenyans of goodwill for their support so far,” he added, before proceeding to Narok County.

However, despite the challenges faced, he says he will not relent in his quest to sensitise his fellow Kenyans so that they do not get the virus.

By Rop Janet

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